V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: describes something that must be done or is demanded by law

Synonyms: compulsory, required, imperative, requisite, obligatory

Antonyms: voluntary, optional, elective

Tips: The adjective mandatory and the related noun mandate (an order from an authority) originate from the Latin mandare, "to give into someone's hand." (The Latin root man means "hand" and is the root of the word manual). Think of someone handing you a written mandate stating it is mandatory that you attend a meeting. Note: to say that something is a "mandatory requirement" is redundant.

Usage Examples:

It is mandatory to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle. (compulsory, required)

Your attendance in this class is mandatory if you wish to graduate. (required, requisite)

You must undergo a mandatory drug test before we can offer you this position. (obligatory, required)

Wearing a seat belt is mandatory for the driver and all passengers in the car. (compulsory, required)

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