Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Enforced by or resulting from compulsion; employing force or constraint; compulsory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Operating with force; compelling; forcing; constraining; resulting from, or enforced by, compulsion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as compulsative.

Etymologies

compulsāt- (perfect passive participial stem of the Latin compulsō) + English -ory (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 'The step she so freely blames herself for taking, was truly what she calls compulsatory: for though she was provoked to think of going off with me, she intended it not, nor was provided to do so: neither would she ever have had the thought of it, had her relations left her free, upon her offered composition to renounce the man she did not hate, in order to avoid the man she did.

    Clarissa Harlowe; or the history of a young lady — Volume 7

  • ‘The step she so freely blames herself for taking, was truly what she calls compulsatory: for though she was provoked to think of going off with me, she intended it not, nor was provided to do so: neither would she ever have had the thought of it, had her relations left her free, upon her offered composition to renounce the man she did not hate, in order to avoid the man she did.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Even after a formal investigation has been called to look into complaints surrounding her compulsatory obsession, Jackie Walorski continues to chase her white whale.

    Bil Browning: The nexus: Abortion zealot Jackie Walorski and Indiana's hate crimes legislation

  • It was to exonerate me from my vows, as forced! to annul all my engagements, as compulsatory! and to restore me again ...

    Camilla

  • To pass a second night at an inn, seemed, even in the calculations of her own harassed faculties, utterly improper; and thus, driven to extremity, she forced herself to order a chaise for home; though with a repugnance to so compulsatory a meeting, that made her wish to be carried in it a corpse.

    Camilla

  • Long as was her lamentation, and satisfied as she always felt to hear her own voice, her pause still came too soon for any reply from Camilla, who now felt the discovery of her situation to be inevitable, compulsatory and disgraceful.

    Camilla

  • And now having, with great reluctance I own, complied with one of your compulsatory alternatives, I expect the fruits of it.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • During this compulsatory voyage, he describes himself as affected with the most horrible sea sickness; and here his representation of a person labouring under that detestable malady was so accurate, that I almost fancied myself again in the cockpit of the Actæon, and all the terrors of the voyage across the

    Journal of a Visit to Constantinople and Some of the Greek Islands in the Spring and Summer of 1833

  • Both believe that the Bible can do ignorant, sensual savages no good; both believe that nothing but compulsatory power can restrain uncivilized barbarians from polygamy, inebriety, and other sinful practices.

    Cotton is King, and Pro-Slavery Arguments Comprising the Writings of Hammond, Harper, Christy, Stringfellow, Hodge, Bledsoe, and Cartrwright on This Important Subject

  • The black mail was a private contribution, often compulsatory, for the maintenance of the famous black watch, an independent corps of provincial militia, and so called from the colour of their dress, in contradistinction to the red soldiers, or _leidar dearag_.

    Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745 Volume II.

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