Statutory vs. Mandatory - What's the difference?


  • Statutory

    A statute is a formal written enactment of a legislative authority that governs a city, state, or country. Typically, statutes command or prohibit something, or declare policy. Statutes are rules made by legislative bodies; they are distinguished from case law or precedent, which is decided by courts, and regulations issued by government agencies.


  • Statutory (adjective)

    Of, relating to, enacted or regulated by a statute.

  • Mandatory (adjective)

    Obligatory; required or commanded by authority.

    "Attendance at a school is usually mandatory for children."

  • Mandatory (adjective)

    Of, being or relating to a mandate.

    "Mandatory Palestine"

  • Mandatory (noun)

    A person, organisation or state who receives a mandate; a mandatary.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Statutory (adjective)

    required, permitted, or enacted by statute

    "statutory controls over prices"

  • Statutory (adjective)

    having come to be required or expected through being done or made regularly

    "the statutory Christmas phone call to his mother"

  • Mandatory (adjective)

    required by law or mandate; compulsory

    "wearing helmets was made mandatory for pedal cyclists"

  • Mandatory (adjective)

    of or conveying a command

    "he did not want the guidelines to be mandatory"

  • Mandatory (noun)

    variant spelling of mandatary

Webster Dictionary

  • Statutory (adjective)

    Enacted by statute; depending on statute for its authority; as, a statutory provision.

  • Mandatory (adjective)

    Containing a command; preceptive; directory.

  • Mandatory (adjective)

    Obligatory; compulsory; required by authority.

  • Mandatory (adjective)

    Not optional; not able to be modified or disregarded; as, seven mandatory clauses in the contract.

  • Mandatory (noun)

    Same as Mandatary.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Statutory (adjective)

    relating to or created by statutes;

    "statutory matters"

    "statutory law"

  • Statutory (adjective)

    prescribed or authorized by or punishable under a statute;

    "statutory restrictions"

    "a statutory age limit"

    "statutory crimes"

    "statutory rape"

  • Mandatory (noun)

    the recipient of a mandate

  • Mandatory (noun)

    a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they ar able to stand by themselves

  • Mandatory (adjective)

    required by rule;

    "in most schools physical education are compulsory"

    "attendance is mandatory"

    "required reading"



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