In general English usage the notion of a request seems to connote that compliance with it is discretionary and not required. But in legal usage and correspondence it seems to perhaps assume a different character. For example, consider the idea of a subject access request. In fact compliance with such requests is generally compulsory.

What is the basis for the divergence of usage?

1 Answer 1


To request means simply to ask politely or formally - there is no implication that an answer is optional or required

Some requests will be backed by law or custom such that they require a response, others do not. The former is more likely to be the case in a legal setting than in a casual setting which might be why you are finding an implication that doesn’t exist.


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .