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mandatory

adjective
 
 
/ˈmændətəri/ US   /ˈmændəˌtɔri/
used to describe something that must be done, usually because the law states that it is necessary: He demanded mandatory reporting on environmental issues.mandatory for sb to do sth They would make it mandatory for everyone to have health insurance. →  See also compulsory
Translations of “mandatory”
in Chinese (Traditional) 強制的, 必須履行的, 法定的…
in Russian обязательный…
in Turkish zorunlu, mecburî, kaçınılmaz…
in Chinese (Simplified) 强制的, 必须履行的, 法定的…
in Polish obowiązkowy…
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