What does obligation mean?

Definitions for obligation
ˌɒb lɪˈgeɪ ʃənobli·ga·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. duty, responsibility, obligationnoun

    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

  2. obligationnoun

    the state of being obligated to do or pay something

    "he is under an obligation to finish the job"

  3. obligation, indebtednessnoun

    a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor

  4. debt instrument, obligation, certificate of indebtednessnoun

    a written promise to repay a debt

  5. obligationnoun

    a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply

Wiktionary

  1. obligationnoun

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

  2. obligationnoun

    A social, legal, or moral requirement, duty, contract, or promise that compels someone to follow or avoid a particular course of action.

  3. obligationnoun

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

  4. obligationnoun

    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.

  5. Etymology: From Latin obligatio, from obligatum (past participle of obligare), from ob- to + ligare to bind, from leig-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Obligationnoun

    Etymology: obligatio, from obligo, Lat. obligation, Fr.

    Your father lost a father;
    That father his; and the survivor bound
    In filial obligation, for some term,
    To do obsequious sorrow. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    There was no means for him as a christian, to satisfy all obligations both to God and man, but to offer himself for a mediator of an accord and peace. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    The better to satisfy this double obligation, you have early cultivated the genius you have to arms. Dryden.

    No ties can bind, that from constraint arise,
    Where either’s forc’d, all obligation dies. George Granville.

    The heir of an obliged person is not bound to make restitution, if the obligation passed only by a personal act; but if it passed from his person to his estate, then the estate passes with all its burthen. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of Living Holy.

    Where is the obligation of any man’s making me a present of what he does not care for himself? Roger L'Estrange.

    So quick a sense did the Israelites entertain of the merits of Gideon, and the obligation he had laid upon them, that they tender him the regal and hereditary government of that people. Robert South, Sermons.

Wikipedia

  1. Obligation

    An obligation is a course of action that someone is required to take, whether legal or moral. Obligations are constraints; they limit our freedom. We can choose however, 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. For example, an employer-to-employee obligation for health and safety in a workplace may be to ensure that the fire exit is not blocked.

ChatGPT

  1. obligation

    An obligation is a duty or responsibility that an individual is legally or morally bound to perform. It can be a requirement or a commitment resulting from a law, contract, promise, or social relationship. Failure to fulfill an obligation may result in legal penalties or social consequences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obligationnoun

    the act of obligating

  2. Obligationnoun

    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

  3. Obligationnoun

    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

  4. Obligationnoun

    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

  5. Obligationnoun

    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

  6. Etymology: [F. obligation. L. obligatio. See Oblige.]

Wikidata

  1. Obligation

    An obligation is a course of action that someone is required to take, whether legal or moral. There are also obligations in other normative contexts, such as obligations of etiquette, social obligations, 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. For example, obligations for health and safety in a workplace from employer to employee maybe to ensure the fire exit isn't blocked or ensure that the plugs are put in firmly. The word "obligation" can also designate a written obligation, or such things as bank notes, coins, checks, bonds, stamps, or securities.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. obligation

    A bond containing a penalty, with a condition annexed for payment of money or performance of covenants.

Editors Contribution

  1. obligation

    An agreement to do, achieve or complete a goal or task.

    The obligation was to ensure that everyone's voice was heard and it was easily achieved as they listened.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'obligation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4107

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'obligation' in Nouns Frequency: #1086

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obligation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obligation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of obligation in a Sentence

  1. Publius Celsus:

    There is no legal obligation to perform impossibilities.

  2. Kitty Block:

    This week, while one part of the Japanese government is proudly facilitating international cooperation by hosting the G20 meeting, another is quietly extricating itself from the obligation for global collaboration on the protection and management of the world's whales, japan leaving the IWC and defying international law to pursue its commercial whaling ambitions is renegade, retrograde and myopic....

  3. Howard Markel:

    We all live in a community of people, and therefore we have an obligation to each other, to our families, and to ourselves to do the best we can.

  4. Pope Francis:

    I think both freedom of religion and freedom of expression are both fundamental human rights, everyone has not only the freedom and the right but the obligation to say what Pope Francis thinks for the common good... we have the right to have this freedom openly without offending.

  5. Lori Lightfoot:

    We are not going to rob parents of their right and their obligation to tell us if they want testing or not on their children. It's not going to happen. It's morally wrong.

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