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Synonyms for compulsory
kəmˈpʌl sə ri

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compulsory, mandatory, required(adj)

    required by rule

    "in most schools physical education is compulsory"; "attendance is mandatory"; "required reading"

    Synonyms:
    requisite, needful, mandatory, needed, required

    Antonyms:
    optional

Wiktionary

  1. compulsory(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    mandatory

  2. compulsory(adjective)

    Required; obligatory; mandatory

    The ten-dollar fee was compulsory.

    Synonyms:
    mandatory

    Antonyms:
    optional

  3. compulsory(adjective)

    Having the power of compulsion; constraining

    Such compulsory measures are limited.

    Synonyms:
    mandatory

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. compulsory

    In the strict sense, absolute, free from all limitation or control, and supreme, superior to all, can not properly be said of any being except the divine. Both words are used, however, in a modified sense, of human authorities; absolute then signifying free from limitation by other authority, and supreme exalted over all other; as, an absolute monarch, the supreme court. Absolute, in this use, does not necessarily carry any unfavorable sense, but as absolute power in human hands is always abused, the unfavorable meaning predominates. Autocratic power knows no limits outside the ruler's self; arbitrary power, none outside the ruler's will or judgment, arbitrary carrying the implication of wilfulness and capriciousness. Despotic is commonly applied to a masterful or severe use of power, which is expressed more decidedly by tyrannical. Arbitrary may be used in a good sense; as, the pronunciation of proper names is arbitrary; but the bad sense is the prevailing one; as, an arbitrary proceeding. Irresponsible power is not necessarily bad, but eminently dangerous; an executor or trustee should not be irresponsible; an irresponsible ruler is likely to be tyrannical. A perfect ruler might be irresponsible and not tyrannical. Authoritative is used always in a good sense, implying the right to claim authority; imperative, peremptory, and positive are used ordinarily in the good sense; as, an authoritative definition; an imperative demand; a peremptory command; positive instructions; imperious signifies assuming and determined to command, rigorously requiring obedience. An imperious demand or requirement may have in it nothing offensive; it is simply one that resolutely insists upon compliance, and will not brook refusal; an arrogant demand is offensive by its tone of superiority, an arbitrary demand by its unreasonableness; an imperious disposition is liable to become arbitrary and arrogant. A person of an independent spirit is inclined to resent an imperious manner in any one, especially in one whose superiority is not clearly recognized. Commanding is always used in a good sense; as, a commanding appearance; a commanding eminence. Compare DOGMATIC; INFINITE; PERFECT.

    Synonyms:
    absolute, arbitrary, arrogant, authoritative, autocratic, coercive, commanding, compulsive, controlling, despotic, dictatorial, dogmatic, domineering, exacting, haughty, imperative, imperious, irresponsible, lordly, overbearing, peremptory, positive, supreme, tyrannical, unconditional, unequivocal

    Antonyms:
    accountable, complaisant, compliant, conditional, constitutional, contingent, docile, ductile, gentle, humble, lenient, limited, lowly, meek, mild, responsible, submissive, yielding

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. compulsory(a.)

    Synonyms:
    compelling, constraining, coercive

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. compulsory(a)

    Synonyms:
    constraining, coercive, obligatory, unavoidable

    Antonyms:
    optional, discretional, elective

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How to use compulsory in a sentence?

  1. Keith Neal:

    Londoners by and large will follow the rules, without too much need for police. The problem is not the issue of enforcement, the problem is the mixed messages and the confused communications, he added. The wearing of face coverings has become compulsory in dozens of countries including France, Germany, Spain, Italyand Greece, which now require coverings to be worn in public places. A woman and child wearing face masks past a coronavirus related artwork displayed on screens in the window of the Flannels clothing store on Oxford Street, in central London, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) A growing body of evidence suggests wearing face coverings brings some benefit in preventing the spread of the virus. Lack of strong evidence of their effectiveness should not be considered a problem but the evidence is accumulating that they have a part to play in reducing transmission and also in protecting the wearer.

  2. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz:

    As of the moment these masks are handed out in front of supermarkets it will be compulsory to wear them in supermarkets.

  3. Commerce Ministry:

    There have been recent media reports that the Government of India has privately assured that it will not issue any more compulsory licenses. It is hereby clarified that such reports are factually incorrect, in this regard, it may be noted that India has a well-established TRIPS compliant legislative, administrative and judicial framework to safeguard IPRs (intellectual property rights). Under the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement Public Health, each member has the right to grant compulsory licenses and the freedom to determine the grounds upon which such licenses are granted.

  4. Plato, The Republic:

    Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

  5. Scott Morrison:

    Nobody's going to force anybody to do anything as a compulsory measure, but we will certainly be encouraging people to take this up.


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