Definitions

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  • adj. not obligatory; not required; optional

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not required by rule or law

Etymologies

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Examples

  • We just obey because obeying someone like Jesus, who loves us, and only wants what is best for us, His children is like our nonobligatory gift to Him.

    Why obey?

  • Traditionally, acts of beneficence are done from obligation, but they may also be performed from nonobligatory, optional moral ideals, which are standards that belong to a morality of meritorious aspiration in which individuals or institutions adopt goals that do not hold for everyone.

    The Principle of Beneficence in Applied Ethics

  • Use the other part of the pie to indicate how much of your circle is nonobligatory.

    Great Sex for Moms

  • The two got the rest correct, including the nonobligatory "So help you God?"

    CNN.com

  • I was the first to arrive for the nonobligatory lunch, and it was only reluctantly that he led me to the assigned table.

    NY Daily News

  • Of course, the friends would also prefer that even the nonobligatory suggestions be mostly good ones, so they won't have to spend too much time going through and rejecting the unhelpful ones.

    The Volokh Conspiracy

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