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Peremptory; obligatory; required; that which must be subscribed to or obeyed.

Mandatory statutes are those that require, as opposed to permit, a particular course of action. Their language is characterized by such directive terms as "shall" as opposed to "may." A mandatory provision is one that must be observed, whereas a directory provision is optional.

An example of a mandatory provision is a law that provides that an election judge must endorse his or her initials on a ballot.


adj., adv. absolutely demanded or required.


adjective binding, bounden, called for, coercive, commanded, commanding, compulsory, decreed, demanded, essential, exigent, imperative, incumbent on, indispensable, involuntary, necessary, necessitous, obligatory, ordained, peremptory, prerequisite, prescribed, pressing, required, requisite, urgent, vital, without appeal, without choice
Associated concepts: mandatory injunction, mandatory reeief, mandatory sentence, mandatory statutory provisions
See also: binding, compulsory, conclusive, decretal, determinative, essential, exigent, imperative, indispensable, inevitable, involuntary, necessary, obligatory, peremptory, positive, requisite, unavoidable
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FCA intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of common shares and the offering of mandatory convertible securities for general corporate purposes.
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The share of federal sex offenders subject to mandatory minimums has risen dramatically in the last decade, from 5 percent in 2001 to 51 percent in 2010.
In this case, the demand that the federal (or state) government should require an increase in the mandatory minimum wage is being pushed largely by organized labor and its left-wing allies.
Mandatory referrals are made in combination with progressive, corrective discipline and involve a formal personnel action.
Realizing the level of concern within the practitioner and business communities about the mandatory e-file program, the Service established a series of outreach meetings throughout 2005 with the AICPA and other professional societies.
Smoking by adults would not be reflected in the current ratings system, she said, nor is a mandatory R rating like Glantz seeks being considered.
New Brunswick and Ontario are taking steps to end mandatory retirement.
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DAV members have been urging their Senators and Representatives to support legislation to make veterans health care funding mandatory and we need to ramp up our grassroots efforts on this crucial issue, which is one of our top legislative priorities.
The judge followed the mandatory (required) minimum sentence for Taylor's crime and sentenced her to nearly 20 years in prison.