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[man-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈmæn dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/

authoritatively ordered; obligatory; compulsory:
It is mandatory that all students take two years of math.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a command.
Law. permitting no option; not to be disregarded or modified:
a mandatory clause.
having received a , as a nation.
noun, plural mandatories.
/ˈmændətərɪ; -trɪ/
having the nature or powers of a mandate
obligatory; compulsory
(of a state) having received a mandate over some territory
noun (pl) -ries
Also called mandatary. a person or state holding a mandate

1570s, “of the nature of a mandate,” from Late Latin mandatorius “pertaining to a mandator,” from Latin mandatus, past participle of mandare (see mandate (n.)). Sense of “obligatory because commanded” is from 1818.


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