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Definition required by rule
  • In most schools physical education is compulsory.
compulsory = required by rule
  • Education is compulsory for young children in the United States.
  • He didn't say anything then, but the next night he made us have compulsory study hall in the academic building and he came up and made a speech.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • compulsory = required by rule
  • Where are your free and compulsory schools?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The rule here is that one must be escorted up to the reading room in a lift, whose cramped space makes small talk compulsory as far as I'm concerned.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • He resumed his speech: "For more than twenty years I have amused my compulsory leisure with collecting these curious physical signatures in this town.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • The Sunday before there would be a compulsory church attendance.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • It ought to be compulsory for all policemen to have small children.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • He had unconsciously dropped back into the phraseology of the first days of his compulsory greatness.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • As soon as he recovered, I related our compulsory visit, and detention at the Heights.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Dick thought, for example, that nothing was more conducive to the development of observation than compulsory silence.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • As though something in their family genes had bestowed on them compulsory bumps that appeared randomly on different parts of their bodies.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Comrades, I beg you—do not resort to compulsory taxation.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Words like compulsory and duty were beaten into the page.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Education is compulsory, that means required.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • That he was seriously considering following BoneMan's instructions felt at once sickening and compulsory.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • Compulsory manual labour for all.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The circumstances that resulted in, shall we say, my compulsory residency here in the Keep of Time were of my own making.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • No .... then the boys would have to learn Hindi or Tamil as a compulsory second language.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It's not compulsory, you know.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion

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