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Meaning of OPTIONAL

Pronunciation:  'âpshunl

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  possible but not necessary; left to personal choice
 

OPTIONAL is a 8 letter word that starts with O.

 

 Synonyms: elective, ex gratia, facultative, nonmandatory, nonobligatory
 
 Antonyms: obligatory
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Op"tion*al\, a.
Involving an option; depending on the exercise of an option;
left to one's discretion or choice; not compulsory; as,
optional studies; it is optional with you to go or stay. --
n. See {Elective}, n.

      If to the former the movement was not optional, it was
      the same that the latter chose when it was optional.
                                               --Palfrey.

      Original writs are either optional or peremptory.
                                               --Blackstone.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: alternative, arbitrary, autonomous, discretional, discretionary, disjunctive, elective, free, free will, gratuitous, independent, nonmandatory, offered, proffered, self-acting, self-active, self-determined, self-determining, spontaneous, unasked, unbesought, unbidden, uncalled-for, uncoerced, uncompelled, unforced, uninfluenced, uninvited, unpressured, unprompted, unrequested, unrequired, unsolicited, unsought, volitional, voluntary, volunteer, willful
 

 

 

 

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