- 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.
They have an obligation to do their homework.
- 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 of obligationMiddle English obligacioun ; from Old French obligation ; from Classical Latin obligatio
- 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: Are you able to meet your obligations? I have an obligation to attend their wedding.b. The constraining power of a promise, contract, law, or sense of duty: I felt no obligation to offer my advice.c. Law A document in which a person binds himself or herself to undertake or refrain from doing a particular act.d. A debt instrument, such as a loan, mortgage, or bond.
- The state, fact, or feeling of being indebted to another for a special service or favor received: If they invite us, aren't we under obligation to invite them in return?
- The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie to someone.
- A social, legal, or moral requirement, duty, contract, or promise that compels someone to follow or avoid a particular course of action.
- A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which someone is bound or restricted.
- (law) A legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action; the document containing such agreement.
- X shall be entitled to subcontract its obligation to provide the Support Services. <<from an agreement>>
- Adjectives often used with "obligation": moral, legal, social, contractual, political, mutual, military, perpetual, etc.