Obligation meaning

ŏb'lĭ-gā'shən
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.

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A duty imposed legally or socially; thing that one is bound to do by contract, promise, moral responsibility, etc.
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The binding power of a contract, promise, etc.
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An obligating or being obligated.
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A binding contract, promise, moral responsibility, etc.
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A binding, formal arrangement or an agreement to a liability to pay a specified amount or to do a certain thing for a person or group of persons. See also duty and liability.
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A moral or legal duty to perform or to not perform some action.
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A social, legal, or moral requirement, duty, contract, or promise that compels someone to follow or avoid a particular course of action.
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(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>>

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The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie to someone.
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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?

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A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which someone is bound or restricted.
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Origin of obligation

  • From Latin obligatio, from obligatum (past participle of obligare), from ob- to + ligare to bind, from Proto-Indo-European *leig- (“to bind").
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