Meaning of “obligatory” in the English Dictionary

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"obligatory" in British English

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obligatoryadjective

uk /əˈblɪɡ.ə.tər.i/ us /əˈblɪɡ.ə.tɔːr.i/

(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.

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"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 hold insurance.
The obligatory retirement age is 65.
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(Definition of “obligatory” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)