Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Compulsory"

The meaning of "Compulsory" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does compulsory mean?
A: mandatory, obligatory
Q: What does compulsory mean?
A: Required/have to do
Q: What does compulsory mean?
A: required / necessary
Q: What does compulsory mean?
A: If something is compulsory, it means you have to do it.
Q: What does compulsory mean?
A: @adhireang, it means "very necessary" or "important"

Example sentences using "Compulsory"

Q: Please show me example sentences with compulsory.
A: Compulsory: mandatory, required.

"My school has a compulsory dress code"

"Some countries have compulsory military service for young men"

"There is a compulsory meeting on Friday"
Q: Please show me example sentences with compulsory.
A: “In a nice restaurant, manners are compulsory”

“When you’re an employee at a shop, washing your hands is compulsory”

This should help! Another word you could use is obligatory, it’s used more often :)
Q: Please show me example sentences with compulsory.
A: “Kids have to go to school until they graduate high school. It’s compulsory.”

“In South Korea, the military is compulsory for men.”

“Compulsory attendance will be enforced.”


Compulsory means it is required. Something you basically HAVE to do.

Note: it’s almost always used when talking about school, or something related to law. People never use it in casual conversation like “Honey! Eat your vegetables! Im telling you it’s compulsory!”

It’s just rarely outside education and law or something else very formal.
Q: Please show me example sentences with compulsory.
A: It is compulsory to wear shoes in this house.
It is compulsory to brush your teeth before bed.
Is it compulsory to hand in the form today?
Q: Please show me example sentences with compulsory.
A: In many countries, military service is compulsory, in the US it is voluntary. Classes in math and physics are compulsory for engineering students. In my state, it is compulsory that a person pass a vision test before they get a driver's license.

Synonyms of "Compulsory" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between compulsory and obligatory ?
A: There are three words you can use. Mandatory, compulsory and obligatory. They all have the same meaning, but are used in different situations.
Mandatory is the least formal of them and can be used whenever needed.
Compulsory is a little less common, but can still be used as needed.
Obligatory, however, is more of formal synonym to the other two and is hardly used, but it does have another meaning. It could mean something that isn’t required but is so common that it might seem overused.
Q: What is the difference between compulsory and mandatory ?
A: Compulsory isn’t used much in the US. You’ll hear the British use it more. The words are synonymous.
Q: What is the difference between compulsory and mandatory and obligatory and required ?
A: Required usually implies a rule is involved. For example, being required to carry ID when in a government building.
It is also used in place of “needed”.
“If you have a bad toothache, a dentist is required.”

Obligatory is used in social settings, not really a legal binding one, or caused by a formal rule.
For example, it’s obligatory to visit the relatives every New Year.

Compulsory and mandatory are quite similar. The main difference is mandatory involves conditions, and is usually used in legally binding terms.

Compulsory just means it is essential, and cannot be postponed. It also shares the first definition of required. You will see “compulsory” mostly in schools and businesses.

“It is mandatory to state your name and birthday in the application form.”
“It is compulsory to wear uniform to school”


I hope that helps! Mandatory and compulsory are commonly mixed up even amongst native English speakers.
Q: What is the difference between compulsory and mandatory ?
A: Same thing
Both are demanded by law or rule
Q: What is the difference between compulsory and obligatory ?
A: The difference between these words is in how commonly they are used, and in what contexts.

The word mandatory is the most common of three choices, and it is the least formal. It is particularly common in the phrases mandatory testing, mandatory sentencing and mandatory retirement.

Compulsory is less common. It is most often found in the phrases compulsory military service and compulsory education.

Obligatory is the least common of these three words, and the most formal. It is rarely used in spoken language. Obligatory also has a second meaning that is quite different from the first. It can describe something that is not required, but has become so common or typical that it now seems overused and not very meaningful or effective, as in this example sentence:

This action movie includes the obligatory chase scene.

In general, if you want to describe something that is required by law or by a rule, and you're not sure which adjective to use, mandatory is a good choice, because it is the most common.

Translations of "Compulsory"

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Q: How do you say this in English (US)? compulsory
A: Cum-PUL-so-ree
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Q: It's compulsory not mandatory. Does this sound natural?
A: First of all, Thank you for comment. but what I want to say is to emphasis the importance oh the things. for instance,             「You have to attend the meeting. It is compulsory, not mandatory.
  ↑ Do you understand what I wan to say?
Q: 'compulsory' Does this sound natural?
A: com pul sory. try to split the word like this so you dont loose the L sound rather than com pu lsory

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