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"compulsory" in British English

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compulsoryadjective

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 ​wearingseatbelts in ​cars compulsory.

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compulsorily
adverb uk   us   /-əl.i/
Patients can now be compulsorily ​detained in ​hospital only under ​tightlydrawncriteria.
(Definition of compulsory from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compulsory" in American English

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compulsoryadjective

 us   /kəmˈpʌl·sə·ri/
(of something) that must be done; ​necessary by ​law or a ​rule: Education is compulsory for ​children between the ​ages of 5 and 16.
(Definition of compulsory from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"compulsory" in Business English

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compulsoryadjective

uk   us   /kəmˈpʌlsəri/
if something is compulsory, you must do it because of a ​law or ​rule: compulsory (for sb) (to do sth) It isn't compulsory for ​employers to ​offerstaffprivatehealthcare, but many do.
(Definition of compulsory from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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