mandatory (adj.) 1570s, "of the nature of a mandate," from L.L. mandatorius "pertaining to a mandator," from L. mandatus, pp. of mandare (see MANDATE (Cf. mandate) (n.)). Sense of "obligatory because commanded" is from 1818.

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  • mandatory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ required by law or mandate; compulsory. DERIVATIVES mandatorily adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • mandatory — [man′də tôr΄ē] adj. [LL mandatorius] 1. of, having the nature of, or containing a mandate 2. authoritatively commanded or required; obligatory 3. having received a mandate over some territory n. pl. mandatories a country assigned to administer a… …   English World dictionary

  • mandatory — /maendat(a)riy/ adj. Containing a command; preceptive; imperative; peremptory; obligatory See also mandatory injunction @ mandatory instructions See jury instructions @ mandatory presumption (presumption) @ mandatory sentencing See sentence @… …   Black's law dictionary

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