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[man-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]

1655–65; < Late Latin mandātōrius. See mandate, -tory1

mandatorily, adverb
nonmandatory, adjective, noun, plural nonmandatories.
unmandatory, adjective

1. requisite, exigent. Unabridged
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mandatory (ˈmændətərɪ, -trɪ)
1.  having the nature or powers of a mandate
2.  obligatory; compulsory
3.  (of a state) having received a mandate over some territory
n , -ries
4.  Also called: mandatary a person or state holding a mandate

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Word Origin & History

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