What does obligation mean?

Definitions for obligation
ˌɒb lɪˈgeɪ ʃənobli·ga·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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

  2. obligation(noun)

    the state of being obligated to do or pay something

    "he is under an obligation to finish the job"

  3. obligation, indebtedness(noun)

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

  4. debt instrument, obligation, certificate of indebtedness(noun)

    a written promise to repay a debt

  5. obligation(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. obligation(Noun)

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

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

  2. obligation(Noun)

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

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

  3. obligation(Noun)

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

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

  4. obligation(Noun)

    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.

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

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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obligation(noun)

    the act of obligating

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

  2. Obligation(noun)

    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

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

  3. Obligation(noun)

    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

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

  4. Obligation(noun)

    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

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

  5. Obligation(noun)

    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

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

Freebase

  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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How to say obligation in sign language?

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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. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross:

    They did a service that they were called to do, and if you think about it logically, that if a business calls and they say that someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business,( officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties. And they did just that.

  2. Andrew Cuomo:

    Time and again the Trump administration puts corporations and polluters' interests ahead of public health and the environment, since the EPA has failed to hold GE accountable for fulfilling its obligation to restore the river, New York State will take any action necessary to protect our waterways.

  3. Christine Wilson:

    Aspen Skiing now means that if a company ever sells any product to any competitor, it then could have a perpetual antitrust obligation to sell every product to every competitor.

  4. President Trump:

    My administration has demanded that all members of NATO finally meet their full and fair financial obligation -- as a result of insistence, billions of dollars have begun to poor into NATO, in fact, people are shocked.

  5. Mike DeWine:

    We have an obligation to each other, if someone is showing signs of trouble or problems, we must help and we must not turn away.

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