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Obligate vs Mandatory - What's the difference?

obligate | mandatory |

As adjectives the difference between obligate and mandatory

is that obligate is (biology) able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role while mandatory is obligatory; required or commanded by authority.

As a verb obligate

is (transitive|north america|scottish) to bind, compel, constrain, or oblige by a social, legal, or moral tie.

As a noun mandatory is

(dated|rare) a person, organisation or state who receives a mandate; a mandatary.

obligate

Verb

(obligat)
  • (transitive, North America, Scottish) To bind, compel, constrain, or oblige by a social, legal, or moral tie.
  • (transitive, North America, Scottish) To cause to be grateful or indebted; to oblige.
  • (transitive, North America, Scottish) To commit (money, for example) in order to fulfill an obligation.
  • Usage notes

    In non-legal usage, almost exclusively used in the passive, in form “obligated' to X” where ‘X’ is a verb infinitive or noun phrase, as in “'''obligated to pay”. Further, it is now only in standard use in American English and some dialects such as Scottish,''Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage,'' p. 675 having disappeared from standard British English by the 20th century, being replaced by obliged (it was previously used in the 17th through 19th centuries).''The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage (1996)

    Synonyms

    * See also:

    Derived terms

    * obligation * obligatory

    References

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (biology) Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role.
  • an obligate''' parasite; an '''obligate anaerobe.
  • Absolutely indispensable; essential.
  • mandatory

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Obligatory; required or commanded by authority.
  • Attendance at a school is usually mandatory .
  • * 1999 , Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen, Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind , page 276
  • This kind of immediate control structure we take to be characteristic of the tribe, and it leads to a rather rigid type of system in which 'every action not mandatory is forbidden'.
  • Of, being or relating to a mandate.
  • Mandatory Palestine

    Synonyms

    * compulsory * obligatory

    Antonyms

    * (obligatory) optional * (obligatory) elective

    Derived terms

    * mandatoriness

    Noun

    (mandatories)
  • (dated, rare) A person, organisation or state who receives a mandate; a mandatary.
  • Anagrams

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