Compulsory

[k_ə_m_p_ˈʌ_l_s_ə_ɹ_ɪ], [kəmpˈʌlsəɹɪ], [kəmpˈʌlsəɹɪ]

Definitions of compulsory:

  1.   Obligatory; enjoined by authority; necessary; due to compulsion.
  2.   Compulsoriness.
  3.   Having the power of compulsion; constraining.
  4.   Exercising force or restraint; enforced.
  5.   Compelling; coercive; enforced; forced.
  6.   Not of choice; not voluntary; having the power to compel.
  7.   required by rule; " in most schools physical education are compulsory"; " attendance is mandatory"; " required reading"
  8.   Compulsorily.
  9.   Having power to compel; employing compulsion; enforced by compulsion.

Antonyms for compulsory:

deliberate, self-imposed, volunteer, docile, unwanted, purposeful, lenient, ductile, submissive, dispensable, constitutional, inconsequential, responsible, voluntary, set, Willed, conscious, lowly, chosen, accountable, gentle, freewill, unforced, witting, yielding, meek, mild, complaisant, uncoerced, insignificant, unneeded, discretionary, intended, purposive, optional, conditional, volitional, willing, elective, willful, unnecessary, compliant, nonessential, contingent, intentional, unimportant, humble, limited.


Quotes for compulsory:

  1. Abolition of a woman's right to abortion, when and if she wants it, amounts to compulsory maternity: a form of rape by the State. – Edward Abbey
  2. I love Brazilians. Brazilians ought to be made compulsory at 15. – Victoria Beckham
  3. For example, UNICEF works with governments to change legislation such as in India where a law was passed raising the age of compulsory school completion to keep children in school and away from the workplace for longer. – Carol Bellamy
  4. People aren't as stupid as the politicians think. More and more of us are laughing off our 'civic duty' to vote, rejecting the role of compulsory constituent. – Bob Black
  5. A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection. – Alexander Cockburn
  6. Learning is not compulsory neither is survival. – W. Edwards Deming
  7. I have very real concerns about the civil liberties implications of ultimately requiring every resident to submit themselves for compulsory fingerprinting or some other biometric test. – Patricia Hewitt
  8. I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars. – Abbie Hoffman
  9. A tax -supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state. – Isabel Paterson
  10. Also in the new constitution, we want to lower the voting age from 20 years to 18 years and also gradually implement a voluntary military service in replacement of the current compulsory military service. – Chen Shui-bian
  11. When there is an accident involving fire, in most cases death is caused by the inhalation of the toxic smoke. What we need is air to go to a driver for 45 seconds. I'm surprised that this is not done, and I would make it compulsory – Jackie Stewart
  12. The Anarchists answer that the abolition of the State will leave in existence a defensive association, resting no longer on a compulsory but on a voluntary basis, which will restrain invaders by any means that may prove necessary. – Benjamin Tucker

Usage examples for compulsory:

  1. Their wages are paid while they are doing this compulsory military work- which is perfectly right. ” – Editorials-from-the-Hearst-Newspapers by Brisbane, Arthur
  2. In many cases such a compulsory postponement would be advantageous in that it would favour the mobilisation of the pacific elements in the community and thus tend to prevent wars being suddenly forced upon the nation against the national interest by a small, bellicose social class. ” – American World Policies by Walter E. Weyl
  3. And again, education that is compulsory should be free. ” – An Autobiography by Catherine Helen Spence
  4. If it is compulsory why shouldn't I throw it as far as I can? ” – Lord Stranleigh Abroad by Robert Barr
  5. He would pay the costs of compulsory education. ” – Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle by H. N. Brailsford
  6. They do deal there in a certain way, but not in a compulsory way. ” – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  7. How far otherwise might have been the directions in which their genius would naturally have expressed itself can be known only partially even to the women themselves; what the world has lost by that compulsory expression of genius, in a form which may not have been its most natural form of expression, or only one of its forms, no one can ever know. ” – Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner
  8. He, too, was opposed to compulsory arbitration, but he showed that he had thought out the point less clearly than Foster. ” – A History of Trade Unionism in the United States by Selig Perlman
  9. So far such compulsory jurisdiction has only been accepted by a small number of countries. ” – The Geneva Protocol by David Hunter Miller
  10. Hour passed after hour, the sun attained its zenith, and then declined, but this dreadful compulsory race continued. ” – Callista by John Henry Cardinal Newman
  11. Education is not compulsory in India. ” – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  12. And yet, before you could get into port, you found yourself forced to take the compulsory pilot on board and make him welcome with such grace as you could command, feeling all the while that he did not want to come and you could have done as well without him. ” – The Last Hope by Henry Seton Merriman
  13. That is, she added, unless Mr. Merritt finds it compulsory to take him away. ” – The Boy With the U. S. Foresters by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  14. “ Dahomans: Signs of grief; Compulsory mourning; Amazons. ” – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck
  15. “ I know not, and I care not, what promises were made to you, or in what spirit the laws of compulsory service were passed. ” – The Burning Spear by John Galsworthy
  16. Probably some safety device such as this will soon be made compulsory on all machines. ” – The Mastery of the Air by William J. Claxton
  17. This was due to a long compulsory wait at Hut Point, for we could not cross the fifteen miles that lay between our position there and the Cape Evans Station until sea ice had formed, which could be counted on not to break away and take us into the Ross Sea in its northward drift. ” – South with Scott by Edward R. G. R. Evans
  18. “ For some time she had seemed to be drifting away from him, and their present tete- a- tete, though compulsory on her part, was to him paradise. ” – A Heart-Song of To-day by Annie Gregg Savigny
  19. This compulsory exile abroad is becoming intolerable, he concluded; and a Paris life plays the very deuce with one. ” – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  20. It is a compulsory act of justifiable force, but still of such force as removes from the owner any responsibility for the imprudent conduct of the prize- master. ” – The Laws Of War, Affecting Commerce And Shipping by H. Byerley Thomson

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