optional optional  /ˈɑp ʃə nəl/


  • (adj) possible but not necessary; left to personal choice


  1. Granted many of the SAT-optional schools sit on utopian campuses in liberal New England villages.
  2. But while it is optional in the bill adopted by the Texas senate, the death penalty remains mandatory for a second offense in the House version.
  3. It has a magnesium case, removable hard drive, plus optional touch screen, GPS receiver and wireless modem.


  1. ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.22.13): Basic Empty Weight

    Standard empty weight plus optional equipment.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The Aero-News Network

  2. Hollywood Park: Freakin Rocket headed for Oceanside at Del Mar

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Freakin Rocket, unbeaten after two starts following a victory in an optional claimer for sprinters Thursday, will start on turf in the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar on July 17.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Daily Racing Form

  3. Budget bill would make it optional for California local governments to comply with public records laws

    A budget bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature would make it optional for local governments to comply with several key provisions of the California Public Records Act.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Sacramento Bee


  1. "On this important endeavour, co-operation is not optional," Petraeus added.
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: David Petraeus Source: AFP

  2. "We'll take a step back tomorrow and have an optional workout," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "We tried to do our homework on what to expect from travel. We're not going to talk ourselves into being tired and will do what we need to do...
    on Mar 26, 2006 By: Terry Francona Source: 940 News

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