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People think that the arts are optional and they aren't. They teach a level of emotional depth that's equally important to mathematic skill. You can replace some math skills with a calculator if you know how to operate the thing, but there's no calculator for human interaction.
Hal Sparks

Meaning of "optional" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF OPTIONAL

optional  [ˈɒpʃənəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF OPTIONAL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Optional is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES OPTIONAL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of optional in the English dictionary

The definition of optional in the dictionary is possible but not compulsory; left to personal choice.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH OPTIONAL


additional
əˈdɪʃənəl
conceptional
kənˈsepʃənəl
conscriptional
kənˈskrɪpʃənəl
constitutional
ˌkɒnstɪˈtjuːʃənəl
conventional
kənˈvɛnʃənəl
educational
ˌɛdjʊˈkeɪʃənəl
emotional
ɪˈməʊʃənəl
emptional
ˈempʃənəl
eruptional
ɪˈrʌpʃənəl
exceptional
ɪkˈsɛpʃənəl
functional
ˈfʌŋkʃənəl
inscriptional
ɪnˈskrɪpʃənəl
international
ˌɪntəˈnæʃənəl
national
ˈnæʃənəl
perceptional
pəˈsɛpʃənəl
professional
prəˈfɛʃənəl
redemptional
rɪˈdɛmpʃənəl
traditional
trəˈdɪʃənəl
transcriptional
trænˈskrɪpʃənəl
unexceptional
ˌʌnɪkˈsɛpʃənəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OPTIONAL

optime
optimisation
optimiser
optimism
optimist
optimistic
optimistical
optimistically
optimization
optimize
optimizer
optimum
optimum population
option
option money
optional hyphen
optionality
optionally
optionee
options market

WORDS THAT END LIKE OPTIONAL

computational
congressional
dimensional
fictional
informational
inspirational
motivational
nutritional
occasional
occupational
operational
organizational
personal
promotional
rational
recreational
regional
the National
the Second International
transitional
vocational

Synonyms and antonyms of optional in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «OPTIONAL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «optional» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of optional

Translation of «optional» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF OPTIONAL

Find out the translation of optional to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of optional from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «optional» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

可选择的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

opcional
570 millions of speakers

English

optional
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

वैकल्पिक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

اِخْتِيَارِيٌّ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

необязательный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

opcional
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ঐচ্ছিক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

optionnel
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pilihan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

freiwillig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

自由選択の
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

자유선택의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pilihan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tùy chọn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

விருப்ப
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पर्यायी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

isteğe bağlı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

facoltativo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

opcjonalny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

не обов´язковий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

opțional
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

προαιρετικός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

opsionele
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

valfri
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

valgfri
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of optional

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «OPTIONAL»

The term «optional» is very widely used and occupies the 2.695 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «OPTIONAL» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about optional

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10 QUOTES WITH «OPTIONAL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word optional.
1
Rene Cassin
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.
2
Bram Cohen
My favorite language for maintainability is Python. It has simple, clean syntax, object encapsulation, good library support, and optional named parameters.
3
Chili Davis
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
4
Darell Hammond
Our education system is increasingly embracing a black-and-white way of thinking, in which 'learning' and 'play' are diametrically opposed. 'Learning' is the serious stuff that happens inside a classroom and can be measured via multiple choice questions and a No. 2 pencil. 'Play' is frivolous, fun, and worst of all, optional.
5
Kajol
I spend five times more money at a chemist shop than I would at a fashion boutique. Clothes shopping is optional for me; shopping at a chemist store is a must.
6
Hans Kung
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.
7
Walter Dean Myers
We need to tell kids flat out: reading is not optional.
8
Ted Naifeh
Artists forget than the first purpose of a comic character is to convey emotion. Everything else, like realism, or other kinds of virtuosity, is an optional extra. If you sacrifice expression for the sake of other concerns, you're putting the cart before the horse.
9
Stacy Schiff
Nonfiction writers are the packhorses of literature. We're meant to carry the story. If we can make it up and down the mountain by a reliable if not scenic route, we have delivered. Technique is optional.
10
Hal Sparks
People think that the arts are optional and they aren't. They teach a level of emotional depth that's equally important to mathematic skill. You can replace some math skills with a calculator if you know how to operate the thing, but there's no calculator for human interaction.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «OPTIONAL»

Discover the use of optional in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to optional and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Optional Law: The Structure of Legal Entitlements
Ian Ayres's Optional Law explores how option theory is overthrowing many accepted wisdoms and producing tangible new tools for courts in deciding cases.
Ian Ayres, 2010
2
Clothing Optional: And Other Ways to Read These Stories
Unhinged and hilarious, Clothing Optional is an unguided tour through the uniquely peculiar life and mind of a man who The New York Times said “has earned a place in the pantheon of American pop culture.” From the Hardcover edition.
Alan Zweibel, 2008
3
God-Optional Judaism: Alternatives for Cultural Jews Who ...
An informative and unique guidebook for Jews searching for new ways to express their beliefs offers alternative, sometimes nontheistic ways to celebrate every Jewish holiday and all of the rites of passage in life, details the historical ...
Judith Seid, 2001
4
Is Reality Optional?: And Other Essays
Sowell challenges all the assumptions of contemporary liberalism on issues ranging from the economy to race to education in this collection of controversial essays, and captures his thoughts on politics, race, and common sense with a ...
Thomas Sowell, 1993
5
Selected Decisions of the Human Rights Committee Under the ...
4.2 In accordance with article 5, paragraph 2 (a), of the Optional Protocol, the Committee has ascertained that a similar complaint lodged by the author was declared inadmissible on grounds of late submission by the European Court of Human ...
United Nations. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2008
6
Optional Protocol: The Involvement of Children in Armed ...
This volume constitutes a commentary on the First Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, dealing with the involvement of children in armed conflicts.
Tiny Vandewiele, 2006
7
Motherhood Optional: A Psychological Journey
Reminding women that motherhood is an option, not a given (much less an instinct), New York psychotherapist Phyllis Ziman Tobin contends that choosing to be or not to be a mother is the defining rite of passage for today's woman.
Phyllis Ziman Tobin, Barbara Aria, 1998
8
Cinema of Choice: Optional Thinking and Narrative Movies
This book examines the methods by which standard narrative movies close down thinking processes and deliver easy pleasures to the viewer whilst demonstrating that this is not the only possibility and that optional thinking can be both ...
Nitzan Ben Shaul, 2012
9
The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture
This work sets out the powers of these mechanisms, their role within the international framework against torture, and suggests best practices.
Rachel Murray, Elina Steinerte, Malcolm David Evans, 2011
10
Black Tie Optional: A Complete Special Events Resource for ...
Praise for Black Tie Optional: A Complete Special Events Resource for Nonprofit Organizations, Second Edition "I wish I had had this invaluable book when I was helping plan fundraisers in the past.
Harry A. Freedman, Karen Feldman, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «OPTIONAL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term optional is used in the context of the following news items.
1
RE Himalayan to get optional ABS
Royal Enfield has emerged as the Indian market leader in premium bike segment with sales being very high within the country. Not only this ... «The Hans India, Jul 15»
2
Labels Optional for Genetically Engineered Foods
Labels Optional for Genetically Engineered Foods. HR 1599 Carries the House, Blocks State Label Requirement ... «Santa Barbara Independent, Jul 15»
3
Hoover parent concerned with optional public school fees
HOOVER, Ala. —A Hoover parent is outraged about the how much money she'll pay in optional public school fees for her child in the upcoming ... «WVTM13, Jul 15»
4
PS4 Firmware Update 2.57 is Live (And Optional)
Oddly enough, along with the improvement of stability while using “some features”, the update is actually optional. That means you don't have ... «GamingBolt, Jul 15»
5
Lumia 950 and 950 XL to Come with Optional Surface Pen and …
When Microsoft announces its new flagship smartphones in September, the company plans to introduce some interesting accessories that will ... «Softpedia News, Jul 15»
6
2015 Mercedes C Class AMG Line and C450 4MATIC get optional
Mercedes-AMG have introduced optional accessories for the Mercedes C Class fitted with the AMG Line body kit as well as the C450 AMG ... «Indian Autos Blog, Jul 15»
7
Carpet underlay — necessary or optional?
For carpet that not only looks beautiful in your home but also feels amazing on your feet, visit Barrie's carpet headquarters, Barrie Carpet ... «Simcoe.com, Jul 15»
8
PS4's 2.57 system software optional update is out now
And recently, owners of the Sony PlayStation 4 have a new update to download, but the 2.57 update is completely optional, said Sony. «Ecumenical News, Jul 15»
9
Clothing optional for human canvases at Macon body-art show
Models will act as canvasses Friday for artists at the Dark Eden body painting event at the SoChi Gallery in Macon. SPECIAL TO THE ... «Macon Telegraph, Jul 15»
10
Paul Gauguin Cruises Offers Exotic Fall Fiji Voyages That Feature …
Highlighted optional shore excursions, which range from $45 to $179 per person, include: Ile de Lifou, New Caledonia: Cliffs of Jokin—From ... «PR Newswire, Jul 15»

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