[kuh m-puhl-suh-ree] /kəmˈpʌl sə ri/

required; mandatory; obligatory:
compulsory education.
using ; ; constraining:
compulsory measures to control rioting.
noun, plural compulsories.
something, as an athletic feat, that must be performed or completed as part of a contest or competition:
The ice skater received a higher score on the compulsories than on her freestyle performance.
required by regulations or laws; obligatory: compulsory education
involving or employing compulsion; compelling; necessary; essential

1580s, from Medieval Latin compulsorius, from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere (see compel).


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