COMPULSORINESS

compulsory

[kuhm-puhl-suh-ree]
adjective
1.
required; mandatory; obligatory: compulsory education.
2.
using compulsion; compelling; constraining: compulsory measures to control rioting.
noun, plural compulsories.
3.
something, as an athletic feat, that must be performed or completed as part of a contest or competition: The ice skater received a higher score on the compulsories than on her freestyle performance.

Origin:
1510–20; < Medieval Latin compulsōrius, equivalent to Latin compul-, variant stem of compellere (see compel) + -sōrius, for -tōrius -tory1; cf. compulsive

compulsorily, adverb
compulsoriness, noun
noncompulsorily, adverb
noncompulsorilyness, noun
noncompulsory, adjective
quasi-compulsorily, adverb
quasi-compulsory, adjective
uncompulsory, adjective


1, 2. voluntary.
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compulsory (kəmˈpʌlsərɪ)
 
adj
1.  required by regulations or laws; obligatory: compulsory education
2.  involving or employing compulsion; compelling; necessary; essential
 
com'pulsorily
 
adv
 
com'pulsoriness
 
n

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compulsory
1580s, from L. *compulsorius, from compulsor "a compeller," agent noun from compellere (see compel).
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