Definition of 'compulsory'
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University was a way of avoiding compulsory military service. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The change in law would mean compulsory third-party injury and damage insurance for all vehicles involved in sports. Times, Sunday Times (2016)In return for no compulsory redundancies the company is asking the staff to accept cuts in pay. Times, Sunday Times (2009) Military service is compulsory and frequently traumatic. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The law allowing compulsory vaccination is well established. Christianity Today (2000)Now we must make the scanners compulsory and we must upgrade them. Times, Sunday Times (2014)They were only the second generation to experience compulsory elementary education and mostly they detested it. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It is essential and must be compulsory. The Sun (2012)They say money management should be part of compulsory education. The Sun (2006)But surely it must be made compulsory? The Sun (2007)Automatic jail terms must be made compulsory. The Sun (2008)Coats should be compulsory by law. Times, Sunday Times (2015)There is a compulsory retirement age, with all the implications for those who own no property. Times, Sunday Times (2010)No more compulsory retirement: what next? Times, Sunday Times (2010)Russia's system of compulsory military service means that most have some military experience. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Previously, only men had to do compulsory military service. The Sun (2015)The team join tens of thousands of people who have fled a dictatorial regime, widespread poverty and compulsory military service. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Since that time 45,000 staff have left, with only one compulsory redundancy. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Which isn't to say that opponents of compulsory retirement don't make a compelling argument. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Retirement is likely to move from an abrupt halt at a fixed age to a more gradual withdrawal, with the abolition of compulsory retirement ages. Times, Sunday Times (2008)But he admitted: 'Those who have completed medical care and returned to military duty will be eligible for compulsory redundancy alongside their colleagues. The Sun (2011)
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Translations for 'compulsory'
British English: compulsory /kəmˈpʌlsərɪ/ ADJECTIVE
If something is compulsory, you must do it because a law or someone in authority says you must.
Learning Latin is no longer compulsory here.
- American English: compulsory
- Arabic: إِلْزامِيّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: obrigatório
- Chinese: 必须做的
- Croatian: obvezan
- Czech: povinný
- Danish: tvungen
- Dutch: verplicht
- European Spanish: obligatorio
- Finnish: pakollinen
- French: obligatoire
- German: obligatorisch
- Greek: υποχρεωτικός
- Italian: obbligatorio
- Japanese: 強制的な
- Korean: 강제적인
- Norwegian: obligatorisk
- Polish: przymusowy
- European Portuguese: obrigatório
- Romanian: obligatoriu
- Russian: обязательный
- Latin American Spanish: obligatorio
- Swedish: tvingande
- Thai: ที่บังคับ
- Turkish: zorunlu
- Ukrainian: обов'язковий
- Vietnamese: bắt buộc
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