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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


adj., adv. absolutely demanded or required.

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'If the mandatory requirement will be removed, since there will be budget allocations in these agencies, I think we could give more to those people in need,' Garma said.
According to Nograles, making ROTC mandatory is a matter of national defense and not just an education matter.
Daanoy addedthat President Rodrigo Duterte, who certified the reinstatement of the mandatory ROTC program as urgent, said that the seven or eight who won't pursue college might have the tendency to go to the mountains and join rebel groups.
The proposed implementation of the mandatory ROTC in SHS has passed the third and final reading at the House of Representatives.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said it is considering allowing elderly taxi drivers to take a driver's aptitude test at hospitals instead of undergoing the mandatory medical examination it had previously planned.
The report, 'Mandatory hallmarking: Global practises and road map for India', is about the current state of gold hallmarking in India and a holistic study of the country's gold market.
56 PSQCA is mandated to include only processed and packed Food items in the list of mandatory items on need basis keeping in view their importance for public health and safety.
Although mandatory spending is not subject to the discretionary spending caps, it does come with some challenges.
Mandatory minimums were initially applied only to a small number of serious offenses, such as murder, piracy and treason, which everyone seemed to agree were pretty terrible crimes.
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When Congress passed laws in the 1990s requiring federal judges to impose lengthy mandatory prison sentences, the idea was to improve public safety and send a strong signal to potential criminals.