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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (2)

1. morally or legally constraining or binding;
- Example: "attendance is obligatory"
- Example: "an obligatory contribution"

2. required by obligation or compulsion or convention;
- Example: "he made all the obligatory apologies"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Obligatory \Ob"li*ga*to*ry\, a. [L. obligatorius: cf. F. obligatoire.] Binding in law or conscience; imposing duty or obligation; requiring performance or forbearance of some act; -- often followed by on or upon; as, obedience is obligatory on a soldier. [1913 Webster] As long as the law is obligatory, so long our obedience is due. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

obligatory adj 1: morally or legally constraining or binding; "attendance is obligatory"; "an obligatory contribution" [ant: optional] 2: required by obligation or compulsion or convention; "he made all the obligatory apologies"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

38 Moby Thesaurus words for "obligatory": absolute, binding, choiceless, compulsory, conclusive, de rigueur, decisive, decretory, demanded, dictated, entailed, essential, exigent, final, hard-and-fast, imperative, imperious, importunate, imposed, incumbent, indispensable, inevitable, involuntary, irrevocable, mandated, mandatory, must, necessary, necessitous, peremptory, prescript, prescriptive, required, requisite, ultimate, urgent, without appeal, without choice