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Definition morally or legally required
  • attendance is obligatory
  • an obligatory contribution
  • Holiness does not mean merely performing the obligatory rituals on the outside; it means staying pure on the inside.
    Dinesh D'Souza  --  What's So Great About Christianity
  • he made all the obligatory apologies
  • There was the obligatory march around the grounds.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • obligatory = required
  • The book showed up at 33 Himmel Street perhaps an hour after Liesel had drifted back to sleep from her obligatory nightmare.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • obligatory = seemingly required
  • The obligatory Schimpferei occurred in the kitchen, and Liesel composed herself with the fact that there were still two left, and even better, one of them was the mayor, the wife, the books.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • obligatory = required
  • There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness.
  • He attended the obligatory lectures regularly and was considered by the authorities as a very promising student.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Under Western Eyes
  • "He was a good man," she said, dullness with an obligatory injection of empathy.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "Now that we've exchanged the obligatory small talk, I'd like to tell you you've done an excellent job on the investigation."
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Wright cut in with, "The intelligentsia feel that basic humanitarian considerations make it obligatory—"
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • They wade patiently through the obligatory introductions, disappear upstairs to spend time alone in Jake's room.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • A unit, membership in which is obligatory for all Communists, is the party's basic form of organization.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • I heard the officer, his voice tired and uninterested, asking his obligatory questions.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The country's lone medical school was an obligatory stop.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Equality has an organ: gratuitous and obligatory instruction.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Hall's obligatory turn-around time had come and gone a full two hours earlier.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • His dad loved him in a completely obligatory way, like Park loved Josh.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Administrative duties continued on schedule, and the teams were called into the college's auditorium for obligatory physicals and press conferences.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game

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