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mandatory

man·da·to·ry

mandatory

 
 
pronunciation:
maen d to ri
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, of the nature of, containing, or pertaining to an order or mandate.
synonyms:
imperative
similar words:
compulsory, obligatory, peremptory, required, requisite
definition 2: ordered as though by a mandate; obligatory.
There is a mandatory waiting period before one can purchase a gun in some states.
synonyms:
compulsory, obligatory, required, requisite
antonyms:
optional
similar words:
imperative, necessary, peremptory
definition 3: holding a mandate, as from the League of Nations.
derivation: mandatorily (adv.)
Word Parts
The word mandatory contains the following parts:
mand Latin root that means give an order
-ory, -atory2 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means serving to, pertaining to
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The suffix -ory , -atory2 attaches to Latin verb roots to form adjectives. Adjectives ending in "-atory " tend to have corresponding verbs ending in "-ate" (congratulatory: congratulate).