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Definition 1: the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force - [noun denoting act]

Samples where obligation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we must instill a sense of duty in our children
  • every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty

Synonyms for obligation in the sense of this definition

(obligation is a kind of ...) control exerted (actively or passively) by group action

(... is a kind of obligation ) the responsibility to do something

"it is their job to print the truth"

(... is a kind of obligation ) something that is required in advance

"Latin was a prerequisite for admission"

(... is a kind of obligation ) the supposed responsibility of the white race to provide care for their non-white subjects

(... is a kind of obligation ) all that is normally required in some area of responsibility

(... is a kind of obligation ) acts which the law requires be done or forborne

(... is a kind of obligation ) a duty that is incumbent upon you

(... is a kind of obligation ) some duty that is essential and urgent

(... is a kind of obligation ) duty of a child to its parents

(... is a kind of obligation ) the responsibilities of a citizen

(... is a kind of obligation ) the duty of proving a disputed charge

(... is a kind of obligation ) the obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically)

(... is a kind of obligation ) an obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong

"he did it out of a feeling of moral obligation"

(... is a kind of obligation ) the responsibility of a guardian or keeper

"he left his car in my keeping"

(... is a kind of obligation ) required activity

"the requirements of his work affected his health" "there were many demands on his time"

Definition 2: a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply - [noun denoting communication]

(obligation is a kind of ...) a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties

(... is a kind of obligation ) an obligation to pay or do something

Definition 3: a written promise to repay a debt - [noun denoting possession]

Synonyms for obligation in the sense of this definition

(obligation is a kind of ...) a written account of ownership or obligation

(... is a kind of obligation ) a highly liquid debt instrument with maturities of less than three months

(... is a kind of obligation ) a debt instrument issued by a bank; usually pays interest

(... is a kind of obligation ) a promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time

"I had to co-sign his note at the bank"

(... is a kind of obligation ) a debt instrument with a variable interest rate tied to some other interest rate (e.g. the rate paid by T-bills)

(... is a kind of obligation ) a certificate of debt (usually interest-bearing or discounted) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to raise money; the issuer is required to pay a fixed sum annually until maturity and then a fixed sum to repay the principal

Definition 4: a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor - [noun denoting linkdef]

Synonyms for obligation in the sense of this definition

(obligation is a kind of ...) a relation between persons

Definition 5: the state of being obligated to do or pay something - [noun denoting state]

Samples where obligation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he is under an obligation to finish the job

(obligation is a kind of ...) the way something is with respect to its main attributes

"the current state of knowledge" "his state of health" "in a weak financial state"

(... is a kind of obligation ) an obligation to pay money to another party

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