com·pul·so·ry /kəm-'pəl-sə-rē/ adj
1: required or compelled by law: mandatory obligatory
compulsory insurance; specif: required to be brought or asserted in a pleading because of having arisen from the transaction or occurrence that is the subject of litigation
a compulsory counterclaim
compulsory reconvention compare elective, permissive
2: using compulsion: compelling
compulsory measures
com·pul·so·ri·ly /-sə-rə-lē/ adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective against one's will, authoritative, binding, coactive, coercive, commanded, compelling, constraining, decretive, demanded, enforced, exigent, forced, forcible, imperative, incumbent upon, indefeasible, indispensable, inescapable, irresistible, irrevocable, mandatory, necessary, obligatory, peremptory, prerequisite, prescriptive, pressing, required, requisite, restraining, restrictive, stringent, unable to be evaded, unavoidable, unpreventable, urgent, vital, without choice associated concepts: compulsory arbitration, compulsory counterclaim, compulsory education, compulsory insurance, compulsory joinder of parties, compulsory performance of duties, compulsory testimony II index binding, choate lien, compelling, essential (required), exigent, forcible, imperative, indispensable, involuntary, mandatory, necessary (required), obligatory, peremptory (imperative), positive (prescribed), prescriptive, requisite, stringent, unavoidable (inevitable), urgent

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Required; obligatory.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

adj. Compelled, mandated, obligatory, or required, especially if by legal process or a statute.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


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