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"obligatory" in British English

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obligatoryadjective

uk   /əˈblɪɡ.ə.tər.i/  us   /əˈblɪɡ.ə.tɔːr.i/
C1 If something is obligatory, you must do it because of a ​rule or ​law, etc.: The ​medicalexamination before you ​startwork is obligatory. [+ to infinitive] The ​statute made it obligatory for all ​healthymales between 14 and 60 towork.
C2 expected because it usually ​happens: Several Secret Service ​agentssurrounded the President, all ​wearing the obligatory ​raincoat and ​hat.
(Definition of obligatory from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"obligatory" in American English

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obligatoryadjective [not gradable]

 us   /əˈblɪɡ·əˌtɔr·i, -ˌtoʊr·i/
(of an ​action) ​expected, esp. because it is what most ​people do: Everybody who goes to England makes the obligatory ​trip to Stonehenge.
(Definition of obligatory from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"obligatory" in Business English

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obligatoryadjective

uk   /əˈblɪɡətəri/  us   /əˈblɪɡəˌtɔri/ formal LAW
if something is obligatory, you must do it because of a ​rule or ​law: it is obligatory for sb to do sth It is obligatory for ​members in ​practice to ​holdinsurance. The obligatory ​retirement age is 65.
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