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Definition required by rule

Much more rarely and historically, mandatory can refer to a League of Nations country that holds a mandate over a territory.
  • In our state, the mandatory minimum sentence for a gun crime is ten years.
mandatory = required by rule
  • Attendance at the meeting is mandatory for all employees.
  • mandatory = required
  • "And the drugs alone would result in a serious sentence, I believe."
      He nodded. "Minimum mandatory—fifteen years to life."
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • mandatory = required by rule
  • Everyone on the student council had to attend—it was mandatory.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • mandatory = required by rule
  • Usually we only watch when it's mandatory, because the mixture of propaganda and displays of the Capitol's power—including clips from seventy-four years of Hunger Games—is so odious.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • mandatory = required by rule
  • The death sentence is mandatory in this case.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • mandatory = required by rule or law
  • The teachers announced there was mandatory programming tonight.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Our Victory Tour interview with Caesar Flickerman was mandatory viewing.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The thought of being left to my prep team's fashion whims only adds to the miseries competing for my attention—my abused body, my lack of sleep, my mandatory marriage, and the terror of being unable to satisfy President Snow's demands.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The arrests also come at a time when Parliament is conducting a mandatory five-year review of Canada's new anti-terror laws.
    David Frum's Diary on National Review Online  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • The Court here invokes political principles to decide a humdrum case over the question of whether a federal law against age discrimination bars mandatory retirement provisions for state judges.
    Michael S. Greve  --  How to Think about Constitutional Change, Part II  --,pubID.22942/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Third-year mandatory review indicates Personnel $2222 acted within existing policies of Agency Basic Procedures.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • "From four to fifteen single lashes and mandatory expulsion from the University," Lorren recited.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Ended up with mandatory therapy, probation, and community service.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • That was a forbidden magic—and its use brought with it a mandatory expulsion from the Archipelago.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • At Rhone River I take my twenty-four hour mandatory layover.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • I ask Congress to give me authority for mandatory conservation and for standby gasoline rationing.
    Jimmy Carter  --  A Crisis of Confidence
  • And then they hand out mandatory vaccinations to everyone but a few slum sectors.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • Good officers were mandatory, and the only means to obtain good officers was to establish the army on a permanent footing.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • A customs official was to be waiting for the plane at the hangar to expedite the mandatory documentation and luggage check.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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