Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.
Related to obligatorily: under obligation


 (ə-blĭg′ə-tôr′ē, ŏb′lĭ-gə-)
1. Of the nature of an obligation; compulsory: Attendance is obligatory. Mathematics is an obligatory course.
2. Required as part of a routine course of action or cultural expectation; predictable: "wearing clothing like basketball shoes, baggy pants, and the obligatory baseball cap" (Tyler Stovall).
3. Biology Obligate.

o·blig′a·to′ri·ly adv.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.obligatorily - in an obligatory manner; "this rule applies obligatorily"
optionally - in an optional manner; "this rule is applied optionally"
2.obligatorily - in a manner that cannot be evadedobligatorily - in a manner that cannot be evaded; "the ministry considers that contributions to such a fund should be met from voluntary donations rather than from rates compulsorily levied."
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
ألزَم، وَجَّب، حَتَّم
nauîsynlega, óhjákvæmilega
zorunlu olarak


(əˈblaidʒ) verb
1. to force to do something. She was obliged to go; The police obliged him to leave.
2. to do (someone) a favour or service. Could you oblige me by carrying this, please?
obligation (obliˈgeiʃən) noun
a promise or duty. You are under no obligation to buy this.
obligatory (əˈbligətəri) , ((American) əbligəˈto:ri) adjective
compulsory. Attendance at tonight's meeting is obligatory.
oˈbligatorily adverb
oˈbliging adjective
willing to help other people. He'll help you – he's very obliging.
oˈbligingly adverb
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in periodicals archive ?
Rather than channeling the automation dividend into the pockets of a few billionaires, we should start using it to restore meaningful connections between obligatorily gregarious beings.
Let us first dispense with the obligatorily reproachful throat clearing: Donald Trump was foolish and irresponsible to imply at a Florida pep rally that a terrorist attack had occurred in Sweden the previous evening.
A portion of the pension insurance contributions is obligatorily paid to this pillar by all those employed since 2003 and the participation of all the others is optional.
The law also stipulates that the person in custody must be obligatorily informed by the judicial police of all proceedings against him, including the motives and duration of his detention.