WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
com•pul•so•ry /kəmˈpʌlsəri/USA pronunciation  adj., n., pl.  -ries.

  1. put into force by law or rules;
    obligatory:compulsory routines in the ice-skating competition.
  2. using compulsion; compelling;
    forceful:compulsory measures to control rioting.

n. [countable]
  1. something that must be done as part of a contest:In the compulsories she scored the highest of all the ice skaters.
com•pul•so•ri•ness,n. [uncountable]See -puls-.

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compulsory /kəmˈpʌlsərɪ/ adj
  1. required by regulations or laws; obligatory
  2. involving or employing compulsion; compelling; necessary; essential

comˈpulsorily adv comˈpulsoriness n

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