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Examples of obligatory in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of obligatory, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.

obligatory(ə-blĭgˈə-tôrˌē, -tōrˌē, ŏbˈlĭ-gə-)

(adjective) - required by obligation or compulsion or convention

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EXAMPLES - Obligatory in a Sentence

  1. You misused the word "obligatory" in the news post. (source)
  2. "obligatory" tourist sights: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the (source)
  3. How much less appealing is the notion of obligatory generosity. (source)
  4. Here's the news, run through some kind of obligatory excitement ... (source)
  5. Besides, my ideas must mean nothing anyway -- I'm one of the "obligatory" ones. (source)
  6. Now, whichever of those groups he takes up he must take certain obligatory subjects. (source)
  7. Maisie Harding recalled the obligatory studying of three hours each night during the week. (source)
  8. If I remember correctly, I left out a comma and changed the word "obligatory" to bold text. (source)
  9. It is a kind of obligatory socialism that gets infused as a component of all liberal arts classes. (source)
  10. He has instilled new rules, such as obligatory communal dining, no nights out and strict timekeeping. (source)
  11. Yet the obligatory standing ovation does exactly the opposite of what a standing ovation is supposed to do. (source)
  12. The warnings would be considered "obligatory," and those who failed to follow them could face fines or 15 days in jail. (source)
  13. Non-life insurers are obliged to place 10 percent of their total reinsurance business with GIC, called obligatory cession. (source)
  14. In Islam there is a difference between voluntary charity and what I would call obligatory charity (as opposed to "forced"). (source)
  15. They can have food without having obligatory conversations like, "You used your ration coupons to get this for us, didn't you?" (source)
  16. Instead, what is "obligatory" in such disputations is merely that the two parties are "obliged" to follow the rules of the format. (source)
  17. It can be a game about and for her (about the details of her pregnancy), opening gifts, and share the "obligatory" cake (absolutely!!). (source)
  18. The minister said about BRL15.8 billion in cuts would come from so-called obligatory spending, which are those items such as salaries and jobs. (source)
  19. Oh, and on the 'obligatory' Minnesota voter bashing: Let any among you whose electorate hasn't empowered an idiot politician or two cast the first rhetorical stone! (source)
  20. In operations of this kind, delicacy of handling equal to anything required in watch repairing will be obligatory, that is if restoration of a high class is intended. (source)
  21. His statements following Russia's military movements in Georgia are obligatory, meaning he had to say something whileknowing full well his remarks were totally useless. (source)
  22. Some philosophers (like Nahmanides) follow the former reading, arguing that moral acts of piety or charity are obligatory, that is to say duties that apply to everybody. (source)
  23. Despite my own religious upbringing, and all of theirs, none of them decided theological instruction was their role, besides the obligatory Bible, for which I'm grateful. (source)
  24. The word is also used to signify that unique factor of consciousness which is expressed in the foregoing definitions by "obligatory", "bound", "ought" by and "moral obligation". (source)
  25. After my obligatory teeth-gritting at the "why does the only mode of historical adventure for girls involve them already being flat-chested?" moment, I loved the rest of this book. (source)
  26. There was a quick clip of Obama's speech and then the famous moneygall shot of Obama drinking his pint, which Williams described as the obligatory pint of Guinness in the Dublin brewery. (source)
  27. That said, we hold on to our view that also the currency market remains an order-driven market, with an important part of the deals driven by some kind of obligatory action / forced selling. (source)
  28. Kevin Mitchell, a physics professor at the University of California at Merced, spends hours working on his Apple laptop but draws the social networking line at the "obligatory" Facebook page. (source)
  29. But these days, Comic-Con has become the kind of obligatory stop for the studios and TV networks that the CPAC convention is to conservative politicians or the NAACP convention is for liberal ones. (source)
  30. "obligatory" in those cases in which the law obliges the minister to seek such opinions; and in these cases, if the Council be not consulted, the administrative act is unconstitutional and legally void. (source)
  31. But I suppose having characters grow as people and learn new things means that the writers have to keep track of that instead of just inserting an obligatory awkward social situation per episode, har de har. (source)
  32. In giving his word that he would come without fail, and not write the next day to throw them over for some function he should choose to dub obligatory, he felt quite as if he were putting his name to such a document. (source)
  33. The blog, called The Gardens of Paradise, features letters by two of the Toronto 18 terror suspects, an al-Qaeda propaganda video that calls fighting "obligatory" for Muslims and several of Al-Awlaki's video and audio statements. (source)
  34. Rather than canceling the photo op or addressing the tragedy from another venue, the president chose to open with the kind of obligatory thanks and recognitions that would be appropriate in any other circumstance but not this one. (source)
  35. While a federal judge struck down important parts of Arizona's draconian immigration law today, namely the obligatory police check of immigration status, the battle over Arizona's immigration crisis has hardly come to a screeching halt. (source)
  36. "Cisco Fatty" as a jump-off point to call the obligatory three pundits - a strategist, consultant and a professor - to gauge their feelings about whether or not it's a good idea to Tweet that you just got offered a job that you intend to hate (source)
  37. Contrary to this he makes nothing obligatory which is not right, or somehow helpful to right, enacting nothing in which he is not first commanded, as, regards the principle, by that everlasting, ideal law, in which even his goodness itself is fashioned. (source)
  38. What was officially described as "a privilege conferred on the nobles for their fidelity, and for the generous sacrifice of their lives in their country's cause," was regarded by those who enjoyed it as a new kind of obligatory service -- an obligation to supply judges and officers of rural police. (source)
  39. Many Communes refused to undertake the operation on any conditions and in consequence of this not a few proprietors demanded the so-called obligatory redemption, according to which they accepted the four-fifths from the Government as full payment, and the operation was thus effected without the peasants being consulted. (source)
  40. As such it shares with them certain obligatory objectives requiring the Court of Auditors and the other Institutions to "aim to promote its values, advance its objectives, serve its interests, those of its citizens and those of the Member States, and ensure the consistency, effectiveness and continuity of its policies and actions". (source)
  41. "It is essential to draw a clear distinction between obedience to an order or rule and recognition that the rule or order is obligatory, that is, that the order ought to be obeyed .... but obedience to an order merely because of the fear of sanctions is nothing more than reaction to naked force and we will seek to avoid obedience wherever possible." (source)
  42. Arabic theology before him -- between those commandments and prohibitions in the Bible which the reason itself approves as right or condemns as wrong -- the rational commandments -- and those which to the reason seem indifferent, and which revelation alone characterizes as obligatory, permitted or forbidden -- the so-called "traditional commandments." (source)
  43. Or, in the alternative, the distinction can be made within the divine will: one might characterize as obligatory those actions that God wills that one perform, and as supererogatory those actions that God wills that one perform if one is willing to do so, so that if one performs the action, one is doing what God wills, but if one does not, one is not doing what God wills that one not do. (source)
  44. Having fussed with average intelligence as well as with average stupidity over the various dogmatic aspects of human experience such as art, religion, philosophy, ethics, morals, with a kind of obligatory blindness, I am come to the clearest point of my vision, which is nothing more or less than the superbly enlightening discovery that life as we know it is an essentially comic issue and cannot be treated other than with the spirit of comedy in comprehension. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 40.0, which suggests that "obligatory" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 12 synonyms for obligatory.

binding, coercive, compulsatory, compulsory, de rigueur, enforced, imperative, imperious, mandatory, necessary, requisite, unavoidable


We have 6 antonyms for obligatory.

free, nonessential, optional, unnecessary, unrequired, voluntary


Pronunciation: (ə-blĭgˈə-tôrˌē, -tōrˌē, ŏbˈlĭ-gə-)

Syllabification: ob-li-ga-to-ry


View up to 25 definitions of obligatory from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Morally or legally constraining; binding.
  2. (adjective) Imposing or recording an obligation: a bill obligatory.
  3. (adjective) Of the nature of an obligation; compulsory: Attendance is obligatory. Mathematics is an obligatory course.
  4. (adjective) Biology Obligate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Imposing obligation, morally or legally; binding: an obligatory promise.
  2. (adjective) Requiring a matter or obligation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Binding in law or conscience; imposing duty or obligation; requiring performance or forbearance of some act; -- often followed by on or upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Imposing obligation; binding in law or conscience; imposing duty; requiring performance of or forbearance from some act: followed by on before the person, formerly by to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) required by obligation or compulsion or convention
  2. (adjective) morally or legally constraining or binding