• enPR: kəm-pŭl'sə-rē IPA: /kəmˈpʌlsəri/


  1. Required; obligatory; mandatory.
    • 1827, A. D. Jr., Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, A. and C. Black, page 212:
      They are entirely private concerns, established by individual teachers, and attendance upon them is no more compulsory than attendance on our dispensaries.
    The ten-dollar fee was compulsory.
  2. Having the power of compulsion; constraining.
    Such compulsory measures are limited.
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compulsory (plural compulsories)

  1. Something that is compulsory or required.

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