Definitions for obligationˌɒb lɪˈgeɪ ʃən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ob•li•ga•tion*ˌɒb lɪˈgeɪ ʃən(n.)
something by which a person is bound to do certain things, and which arises out of a sense of duty or results from custom, law, etc.
something done or to be done for such reasons:
to fulfill one's obligations.
a binding promise, contract, sense of duty, etc.
the act of obligating oneself, as by a promise or contract.
an agreement enforceable by law. a document setting forth such an agreement.
any bond, certificate, or the like, as of a government or a corporation, serving as evidence of indebtedness.
an indebtedness or amount of indebtedness.
a debt of gratitude.
the state of being under a debt.
* Syn: See duty.
Origin of obligation:
1250–1300; ME (< OF) < L
duty, responsibility, obligation(noun)
the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
"we must instill a sense of duty in our children"; "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr
the state of being obligated to do or pay something
"he is under an obligation to finish the job"
a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
debt instrument, obligation, certificate of indebtedness(noun)
a written promise to repay a debt
a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
obligation(noun)ˌɒb lɪˈgeɪ ʃən
sth you must do because you are obligated; = commitment
financial obligations; a moral obligation to teach our children about the dangers of drugs
obligationˌɒb lɪˈgeɪ ʃən
the state of being obligated
a strong feeling/sense of obligation
obligationˌɒb lɪˈgeɪ ʃən
to be obligated to do sth
You are under no obligation to attend.
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.
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.
Origin: From Latin obligatio, from obligatum (past participle of obligare), from ob- to + ligare to bind, from leig-.
the act of obligating
that which obligates or constrains; the binding power of a promise, contract, oath, or vow, or of law; that which constitutes legal or moral duty
any act by which a person becomes bound to do something to or for anouther, or to forbear something; external duties imposed by law, promise, or contract, by the relations of society, or by courtesy, kindness, etc
the state of being obligated or bound; the state of being indebted for an act of favor or kindness; as, to place others under obligations to one
a bond with a condition annexed, and a penalty for nonfulfillment. In a larger sense, it is an acknowledgment of a duty to pay a certain sum or do a certain things
Translations for obligation
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a promise or duty
You are under no obligation to buy this.
- obrigaçãoPortuguese (BR)
- die VerpflichtungGerman
- υποχρέωση, καθήκονGreek
- الزام؛ تعهدFarsi
- आभार, दायित्व, कर्त्तव्यHindi
- skuldbinding, skylda, kvöðIcelandic
- obbligazione, obbligoItalian
- į(si)pareigojimas, pareigaLithuanian
- saistība, pienākumsLatvian
- مجبوريت، الزام؛ تعهدPersian
- په زور، مجبورىPashto
- обязательство; обязанностьRussian
- görev, yükümlülükTurkish
- 義務Chinese (Trad.)
- обов'язок, зобов'язанняUkrainian
- nghĩa vụVietnamese
- 义务Chinese (Simp.)
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