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Meaning of “mandatory” in the English Dictionary

"mandatory" in British English

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mandatoryadjective

uk   /ˈmæn.də.tər.i/  us   /-tɔːr.i/ formal
Something that is mandatory must be done, or is ​demanded by ​law: The ​minister is ​calling for mandatory ​prisonsentences for ​people who ​assaultpoliceofficers. Athletes must ​undergo a mandatory ​drugstest before ​competing in the ​championship. In 1991, the British ​government made it mandatory to ​wearrearseatbelts in ​cars.
(Definition of mandatory from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mandatory" in American English

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mandatoryadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈmæn·dəˌtɔr·i, -ˌtoʊr·i/
made ​necessary, usually by ​law or by some other ​rule: The ​testincludes a mandatory ​essayquestion.
(Definition of mandatory from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mandatory" in Business English

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mandatoryadjective

uk   /ˈmændətəri/  us   /ˈmændəˌtɔri/
used to describe something that must be done, usually because the ​lawstates that it is necessary: He ​demanded mandatory ​reporting on ​environmentalissues.mandatory for sb to do sth They would make it mandatory for everyone to have ​healthinsurance.
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(Definition of mandatory from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “mandatory”
in Chinese (Simplified) 强制的, 必须履行的, 法定的…
in Turkish zorunlu, mecburî, kaçınılmaz…
in Russian обязательный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 強制的, 必須履行的, 法定的…
in Polish obowiązkowy…
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