Indicating compulsion. Ordinarily a mandatory word. [50 Am J1st Stat § 28]. In a statute, calling for substantial rather than literal compliance [Herron v. Harbour, 75 Okla 127, 182 P 243, 29 ALR 905 (statute prescribing the form of an acknowledgment)].
A statutory provision may be directory, rather than mandatory, in nature, notwithstanding use of the word “must.” [(ND) 75 NW2d 313, 55 ALR2d 1049]
- To be obliged; to be necessitated. It expresses both physical and moral necessity.
- A man must eat for nourishment, and he must sleep for refreshment.
- We must submit to the laws or be exposed to punishment.
- A bill in a legislative body must have three readings before it can pass to be enacted.
- It expresses moral fitness or propriety, as necessary or essential to the character or end proposed.
- “Deacons must be grave,” “a bishop must have a good report of them that are without.” 1 Tim. 3
MUST, n. [L. mustum; Heb. to ferment]
New wine; wine pressed from the grape but not fermented.
To make moldy and sour.
To grow moldy and sour; to contract a fetid smell.