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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
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-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
com•pul•so•ry  (kəm pulsə rē), 
adj., n., pl. -ries. 

  1. required;
    obligatory:compulsory education.
  2. using compulsion; compelling;
    constraining:compulsory measures to control rioting.

  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.
  • Medieval Latin compulsōrius, equivalent. to Latin compul-, variant stem of compellere (see compel) + -sōrius, for -tōrius -tory1; compare compulsive
  • 1510–20
com•pulso•ri•ly, adv. 
com•pulso•ri•ness, n. 
1, 2 . voluntary.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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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