obligatory/ mandatory

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sungstar

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Korean
These two words are synonyms, but is there any difference in the usage?
For example, "Wearing googles is not obligatory but advised." Is this okay? Or it should be "mandatory" instead of "obligatory"? Thanks!
 
  • Lexiphile

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    England English
    Without wishing to be flippant, I would describe these two words as "extremely synonymous." In your sentence, either could be used, and I would detect no difference at all in meaning.
     
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