What is another word for optional?

233 synonyms found

Pronunciation:

[ ˈɒpʃənə͡l], [ ˈɒpʃənə‍l], [ ˈɒ_p_ʃ_ə_n_əl]

Optional, which means "not compulsory", has a number of synonyms. These include "voluntary", "elective", "discretionary", "non-mandatory" and "unobligatory". "Voluntary" suggests an act that is performed by choice rather than under compulsion, while "elective" refers to something that is chosen from a range of options. "Discretionary" denotes an element of decision-making or choice involved, while "non-mandatory" means not required by rule or regulation. "Unobligatory" is another synonym that denotes a lack of obligation or requirement. Overall, all these synonyms suggest a certain level of freedom or flexibility in making choices or decisions.

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What are the opposite words for optional?

Antonyms for the word "optional" include mandatory, necessary, compulsory, and required. If something is mandatory, it means it must be done or complied with according to rules, laws, or customs. Necessary implies that something is essential, required, or needed. Compulsory suggests that something is required by authority, law, or obligation. Required means that something is needed or demanded in a particular situation or context. These antonyms highlight the opposite meanings of optional, which implies that something is not required but instead left up to personal choice or preference. Understanding these antonyms can help clarify the meaning of optional and how it relates to other concepts.

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Usage examples for Optional

The order of lessons is optional, also the amount of work each should include, unless this is specially stated.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management"
Ministry of Education
But the exclusion was to be optional by areas and limited in time.
"John Redmond's Last Years"
Stephen Gwynn
He hands her the morning paper, he brings a shawl if there is danger of a draught, he kisses her hand when he comes in, and he tries to make himself agreeable to her in the matter of these little optional civilities.
"Manners and Social Usages"
Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood

Famous quotes with Optional

  • The implementation measures of both Covenants, but especially those of the Covenant concerning civil and political rights, were considerably weakened to the point where they assumed an optional character.
    Rene Cassin
  • My favorite language for maintainability is Python. It has simple, clean syntax, object encapsulation, good library support, and optional named parameters.
    Bram Cohen
  • Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
    Chili Davis
  • If priests were allowed to marry, if this would be an optional thing, and if he could have wife and children, he would certainly have less temptation to satisfy certain sexual impulses with minors.
    Hans Kung
  • I've always thought a hotel ought to offer optional small animals. I mean a cat to sleep on your bed at night, or a dog of some kind to act pleased when you come in. You ever notice how a hotel room feels so lifeless?
    Anne Tyler

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