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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obligated(p)adjective

    caused by law or conscience to follow a certain course

    "felt obligated to repay the kindness"; "was obligated to pay off the student loan"


  1. obligatedadjective


  2. obligatedadjective

    having an obligation; obliged


  1. Obligated

    An obligation is a course of action that someone is required to take, whether legal or moral. Obligations are constraints; they limit freedom. People who are under obligations may choose to freely act under obligations. Obligation exists when there is a choice to do what is morally good and what is morally unacceptable. There are also obligations in other normative contexts, such as obligations of etiquette, social obligations, religious, and possibly in terms of politics, where obligations are requirements which must be fulfilled. These are generally legal obligations, which can incur a penalty for non-fulfilment, although certain people are obliged to carry out certain actions for other reasons as well, whether as a tradition or for social reasons. Obligations vary from person to person: for example, a person holding a political office will generally have far more obligations than an average adult citizen, who themselves will have more obligations than a child. Obligations are generally granted in return for an increase in an individual's rights or power.


  1. obligated

    Obligated refers to the state of being legally or morally bound to do something or committed to a particular course of action. It's a condition where one is required or expected to perform, behave, or respond in a certain way due to a law, rule, promise, duty, or agreement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obligated

    of Obligate

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  1. Obligated

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obligated in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obligated in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of obligated in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    Create a sense of obligation. When you want to persuade someone to do something, one of the best ways you can accomplish this task is to make that person feel obligated to you.

  2. Paul Seamus Ryan:

    Regardless of whether Kid Rock says he’s only exploring candidacy, he’s selling ‘Kid Rock for Senate’ merchandise and is a candidate under the law. This is campaign finance law 101, he can’t reasonably claim to be merely testing the waters of candidacy and thus exempt from candidate filing requirements. He is a candidate and is obligated to abide by all the rules and make the same disclosures required of everyone else running for federal office.

  3. Mark Takano:

    I am very troubled by your non-answers today. Madam secretary, there is no freedom in a student being obligated to pay off a loan from a school that has defrauded them. It's an unjust burden.

  4. Scott Faber:

    Under the law, if there isn't sufficient science to demonstrate safety, Environmental Protection Agency is obligated to ban the pesticide, that's why a number of similar pesticides, what are called organophosphate pesticides, are no longer in use in the US.

  5. Pereira da Silva:

    Sometimes we feel intimidated, just going out into the hall, we are obligated to bow our heads or say hello to police officers.

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