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Synonyms for compulsory
kəmˈpʌl sə ricom·pul·so·ry

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Wiktionary4.2 / 5 votes

  1. compulsoryadjective

    Synonyms:
    mandatory

  2. compulsoryadjective

    Required; obligatory; mandatory

    The ten-dollar fee was compulsory.

    Synonyms:
    mandatory

    Antonyms:
    optional

  3. compulsoryadjective

    Having the power of compulsion; constraining

    Such compulsory measures are limited.

    Synonyms:
    mandatory

English Synonyms and Antonyms1.0 / 2 votes

  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

Princeton's WordNet2.4 / 5 votes

  1. compulsory, mandatory, requiredadjective

    required by rule

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

    Synonyms:
    requisite, needful, mandatory, needed, required

    Antonyms:
    optional

Dictionary of English Synonymes4.0 / 1 vote

  1. compulsoryadjective

    Synonyms:
    compelling, constraining, coercive

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. compulsoryadjective

    Synonyms:
    constraining, coercive, obligatory, unavoidable

    Antonyms:
    optional, discretional, elective

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How to use compulsory in a sentence?

  1. Sultan Alneyadi:

    We can actually break fast, it’s not compulsory.

  2. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban:

    Hungary did everything to fulfil regulations, don't criticise Hungary for doing what is compulsory.

  3. Sipho P Nkosi:

    I have a strong belief that tomorrow we shall escape the poverty if soon the agriculture subject is made compulsory in our schools.

  4. Alamin Alkundi:

    Registration by regulator is not compulsory for nutritionists in the UK and their title is not protected, so anybody can practice as a nutritionist.

  5. Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun:

    In order to effectively block entry for non-important purposes such as tourism, we will expand the compulsory quarantine measure to all foreigners coming in for short stays too.


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