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Elective vs Obligatory - What's the difference?

elective | obligatory |

As adjectives the difference between elective and obligatory

is that elective is while obligatory is imposing obligation, morally or legally; binding.




(en adjective)
  • Of, or pertaining to voting or elections
  • That involves a choice between options; optional or discretionary
  • My insurance wouldn't pay for the operation because it was elective surgery.
  • * Bancroft
  • The independent use of their elective franchise.
  • * Dryden
  • Kings of Rome were at first elective


    (en noun)
  • Something that is option or that may be elected, especially a course of tertiary study.
  • obligatory



    (en adjective)
  • Imposing obligation, morally or legally; binding.
  • an obligatory promise
  • * Richard Baxter
  • if he speak the words of an oath in a strange language, thinking they signify something else, or if he spake in his sleep, or deliration, or distraction, it is no oath, and so not obligatory .
  • Requiring a matter or obligation.
  • Antonyms

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