compulsory [kuhm-puhl-suh-ree] Word Origin adjective

  1. required; mandatory; obligatory: compulsory education.
  2. using compulsion; compelling; constraining: compulsory measures to control rioting.

noun, plural com·pul·so·ries.

  1. something, as an athletic feat, that must be performed or completed as part of a contest or competition: The ice skater received a higher score on the compulsories than on her freestyle performance.

Origin of compulsory 1510–20; Medieval Latin compulsōrius, equivalent to Latin compul-, variant stem of compellere (see compel) + -sōrius, for -tōrius -tory1; cf. compulsive Related formscom·pul·so·ri·ly, adverbcom·pul·so·ri·ness, nounnon·com·pul·so·ri·ly, adverbnon·com·pul·so·ri·ly·ness, nounnon·com·pul·so·ry, adjectivequa·si-com·pul·so·ri·ly, adverbqua·si-com·pul·so·ry, adjectiveun·com·pul·so·ry, adjectiveAntonyms for compulsory 1, 2. voluntary. British Dictionary definitions for quasi-compulsory compulsory adjective

  1. required by regulations or laws; obligatorycompulsory education
  2. involving or employing compulsion; compelling; necessary; essential

Derived Formscompulsorily, adverbcompulsoriness, noun Word Origin and History for quasi-compulsory compulsory adj.

1580s, from Medieval Latin compulsorius, from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere (see compel).

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