- The definition of an obligation is something that someone is required to do.
An example of obligation is for a student to turn in his homework on time every day.
obligation definition by Webster's New World
- an obligating or being obligated
- a binding contract, promise, moral responsibility, etc.
- a duty imposed legally or socially; thing that one is bound to do by contract, promise, moral responsibility, etc.
- the binding power of a contract, promise, etc.
- the condition or fact of being indebted to another for a favor or service received
- a favor or service
- an agreement or duty by which one person (the obligor) is legally bound to make payment or perform services for the benefit of another (the obligee)
- the bond, contract, or other document setting forth the terms of this agreement
Origin: Middle English obligacioun ; from Old French obligation ; from Classical Latin obligatio
- obligational adjective
obligation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie.
- a. A social, legal, or moral requirement, such as a duty, contract, or promise that compels one to follow or avoid a particular course of action.b. A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which one is bound or restricted.
- The constraining power of a promise, contract, law, or sense of duty.
- Law a. A legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action, especially if the agreement also specifies a penalty for failure to comply.b. The document containing the terms of such an agreement.
- a. Something owed as payment or in return for a special service or favor.b. The service or favor for which one is indebted to another.
- The state, fact, or feeling of being indebted to another for a special service or favor received.
- obˌli·gaˈtion·al adjective
obligation - Legal Definition