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compulsory

adjective uk   /kəmˈpʌl.sər.i/ us    /-sɚ-/
B2 If something is compulsory, you must do it because of a rule or law: Swimming was compulsory at my school. The law made wearing seat belts in cars compulsory.Court cases, orders and decisionsDuty, obligation and responsibility
compulsorily
adverb uk   /-əl.i/ us  
Patients can now be compulsorily detained in hospital only under tightly drawn criteria.Court cases, orders and decisionsDuty, obligation and responsibility
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