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MANDATORY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mandatory mean? 

MANDATORY (noun)
  The noun MANDATORY has 2 senses:

1. the recipient of a mandate
2. a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they are able to stand by themselves

  Familiarity information: MANDATORY used as a noun is rare.


MANDATORY (adjective)
  The adjective MANDATORY has 1 sense:

1. required by rule

  Familiarity information: MANDATORY used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MANDATORY (noun)


Sense 1mandatory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The recipient of a mandate

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

mandatary; mandatory

Hypernyms ("mandatory" is a kind of...):

receiver; recipient (a person who gets something)


Sense 2mandatory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they are able to stand by themselves

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

mandate; mandatory

Hypernyms ("mandatory" is a kind of...):

district; dominion; territorial dominion; territory (a region marked off for administrative or other purposes)

Instance hyponyms:

Palestine (a former British mandate on the east coast of the Mediterranean; divided between Jordan and Israel in 1948)


MANDATORY (adjective)


Sense 1mandatory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Required by rule

Synonyms:

compulsory; mandatory; required

Context examples:

in most schools physical education is compulsory / attendance is mandatory / required reading

Similar:

obligatory (morally or legally constraining or binding)


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