Meaning of compulsory

com•pul•so•ry

Pronunciation: (kum-pul'su-rē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -ries.
—adj.
  1. required; mandatory; obligatory: compulsory education.
  2. using compulsion; compelling; constraining: compulsory measures to control rioting.
—n.
  1. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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