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 Dictionary entry overview: What does obligatory mean? 

OBLIGATORY (adjective)
  The adjective OBLIGATORY has 2 senses:

1. morally or legally constraining or binding
2. required by obligation or compulsion or convention

  Familiarity information: OBLIGATORY used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

OBLIGATORY (adjective)

Sense 1obligatory [BACK TO TOP]


Morally or legally constraining or binding

Context examples:

attendance is obligatory / an obligatory contribution


bounden (morally obligatory)

compulsory; mandatory; required (required by rule)

de rigueur (required by etiquette or usage or fashion)

imposed (set forth authoritatively as obligatory)

incumbent on (morally binding or necessary)

indispensable (unavoidable)

prerequisite (required as a prior condition or course of study)


necessary (absolutely essential)


optional (possible but not necessary; left to personal choice)

Sense 2obligatory [BACK TO TOP]


Required by obligation or compulsion or convention

Context example:

he made all the obligatory apologies


necessary (absolutely essential)

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