Adjective "obligatory" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Required by a legal, moral, or other rule; compulsory.
  1. 'First of all, what is the statutory or obligatory requirement for rank on a disciplinary tribunal?'
  2. 'And then of course, as is apparently compulsory these days, there's the obligatory shock twist ending that doesn't stand up to a moment's scrutiny.'
  3. 'Until the final clarification of the obligatory requisites, they cannot be traded on the Stock Exchange.'
  4. 'Mortgage protection policies are only obligatory when buying your own home - they are not required for investment properties.'
  5. 'While it is a fact that the Official Guide rules extra time obligatory at the end of a second draw, it also allows the League organisers to draw up their own rules before the start of such competitions.'
  6. 'Good and bad, right and wrong, victims and survivors and the obligatory sex and violence - what other moral and visual ingredients do you need to get both ratings and campaigning kudos?'
  7. 'By virtue of a developing custom, particular conduct may be considered to be permitted or obligatory in legal terms, or abstention from particular conduct may come to be considered a legal duty.'
  8. 'It insists on the introduction of obligatory rules for anti-discriminatory conduct in the job descriptions of schoolteachers.'
  9. 'It was just a matter of the requisite number of planning meetings and then obligatory rehearsals.'
  10. 'Regulations need to be introduced and strictly enforced to make it obligatory for workplace testing where there is evidence of a high risk from radon.'
  11. 'a sovereign whose laws are obligatory'
  12. 'The command gains obligatory force because it is judged worthy of obedience.'
  13. 'it was a quiet little street with the obligatory pub at the end'
  14. 'At this point, I decided to change my strategy and made the obligatory pit stop earlier than expected.'
  15. 'She revels in her emotional, moral and intellectual ineptitude, in the obligatory tiny little dress, prancing around on the nearest available red carpet, loving it.'
  16. 'But after the usual obligatory rejection of an initial approach, the markets expected an increase in the offer to match shareholders' higher expectations.'
  17. 'They took the obligatory 45 minutes to be fashionably late, and boy, did we ever love them for it.'
  18. 'It only took around an hour to get to the summit of Mt Loch, which was rather disappointing, so after the obligatory snowball fight, we got serious and ventured along another trail that we found.'


1. required as a matter of obligation; mandatory: A reply is desirable but not obligatory.

2. incumbent or compulsory (usually followed by on or upon): duties obligatory on all.

3. imposing moral or legal obligation; binding: an obligatory promise.

4. creating or recording an obligation, as a document.

More examples(as adjective)

"suits can be obligatory in/at/on minima."

"insurances can be obligatory in people."

"uses can be obligatory in contexts."

"trouserses can be obligatory for trips."

"ties can be obligatory for trips."

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Late Middle English: from late Latin obligatorius, from Latin obligat- ‘obliged’, from the verb obligare (see oblige).