- The definition of compulsory is something that is required, not optional.
An example of compulsory is a training course you have to attend.
compulsory definition by Webster's New World
- that must be done, undergone, etc.; obligatory; required
- compelling; coercive
Origin: Midieval Latin compulsorius ; from Late Latin compulsor, one who compels
compulsory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- Obligatory; required: a compulsory examination.
- Employing or exerting compulsion; coercive.
An element, such as a dive or school figure, required of all competitors in an athletic competition. Often used in the plural.
- com·pulˈso·ri·ly adverb
- com·pulˈso·ri·ness noun
compulsory - Legal Definition
Compelled, mandated, obligatory, or required, especially if by legal process or a statute.