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Meaning of OPTIONAL

Pronunciation:  'âpshunl

WordNet Dictionary
[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
\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.

      Original writs are either optional or peremptory.

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