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Synonyms for optional
ˈɒp ʃə nlop·tion·al

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  1. optionaladjective

    compulsory, mandatory, obligatory

  2. optionaladjective

    On that beach clothing is entirely optional.

    mandatory, compulsory, obligatory

Princeton's WordNet

  1. optionaladjective

    possible but not necessary; left to personal choice

    bounden, indispensable, prerequisite, mandatory, compulsory, incumbent on(p), required, imposed, obligatory, de rigueur

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. optionaladjective

    discretional, elective

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. optionaladjective

    discretional, elective

    compulsory, coercive, obligatory

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  1. Unknown:

    Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.

  2. Mitch Skandalakis:

    In one time period, Gwinnett County reported 3,046 COVID cases, and Cobb County, which is mask mandate optional, 2,797 cases, the masks don’t work.

  3. Communications Benny Smith:

    The sessions referenced were created to provide support to our diverse RA community. Specifically, the BIPOC support group was created at the request of students, all our support sessions are completely optional and open to all RAs, regardless of race or ethnicity, to discuss different perspectives and experiences. All the support sessions are organized with the assistance of staff from WCU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department.

  4. Pope Francis:

    Personally I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church. I am not in agreement (with those who say) optional celibacy should be permitted.

  5. Susan Blackman:

    It's made me want to be more aggressively Jewish, to wear my Star of David in every day... It's not optional now.

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