Definition of mandatory in English:



  • 1Required by law or mandate; compulsory:

    ‘wearing helmets was made mandatory for pedal cyclists’
    • ‘In other jurisdictions the mandatory appointment of a corporate trustee, or its equivalent, is set out in the law.’
    • ‘Our task, however, is to analyse the role of company law in providing mandatory rules to control company opportunism.’
    • ‘If political participation is important, why not require mandatory voting, as in Australia or Belgium?’
    • ‘The Slovakian bid seems to have the mandatory safety requirements covered, but not much more is explained.’
    • ‘In some jurisdictions this is a mandatory sentence of death.’
    • ‘We've yet to see exactly what people think about mandatory sentencing when it's properly explained to them.’
    • ‘All parties are sentenced to mandatory counseling until they are deemed fit to return to society.’
    • ‘That was particularly important where you had a mandatory penalty whether it's death of a life sentence.’
    • ‘The mandatory terms of article 18 cannot therefore be given effect.’
    • ‘Her decision to plead guilty meant she had to receive a mandatory life sentence.’
    • ‘Smuts also found that the mandatory life sentence was inconsistent with an accused's right to a fair trial.’
    • ‘The most controversial aspect of the Bandit Law was its mandatory death sentence.’
    • ‘The 1997 Act introduced mandatory minimum sentences for certain repeat offenders.’
    • ‘Murder entails a mandatory life sentence; manslaughter carries with it no minimum sentence.’
    • ‘Because the plaintiff seeks a mandatory injunction, it must show its claim is almost certain to succeed.’
    • ‘Nobody would dispute that I have jurisdiction to grant a mandatory injunction.’
    • ‘The continuity of my teaching is broken each time these mandatory lessons are required.’
    • ‘The respondent submits that a mandatory order is not appropriate and just for several reasons.’
    • ‘Previously, a special permit was required if the mandatory workweek exceeded 48 hours.’
    • ‘The last area covered in the creative brief contains any requirements or mandatory content.’
    obligatory, compulsory, binding, required
    inescapable, unavoidable
    requisite, necessary, essential, imperative
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    1. 1.1 Of or conveying a command:
      ‘he did not want the guidelines to be mandatory’



Late 15th century: from late Latin mandatorius, from Latin mandatum something commanded.