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Definitions of obligation

  1. the social force that binds you to your obligations and 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 Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. the state of being obligated to do or pay something; "he is under an obligation to finish the job" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. The act of obligating. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The binding power of a vow, promise, contract, or sense of duty; any duty imposed by law, by propriety, etc.; the state of being bound to return a favor; a written deed or bond by which one binds himself under penalty to do a thing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Act of obliging: that which binds: any act which binds one to do something for another: state of being indebted for a favor: (law) a bond containing a penalty on failure. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Anything that constrains or obliges; binding force; bond; favor; debt of gratitude. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. Moral or legal constraint; a requirement imposed; debt of gratitude or courtesy; a bond under penalty. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. The binding power of a vow, promise or contract, or of law, independent of a promise; the state of being bound to return some favour or service; a bond with a condition annexed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. The binding power of a vow, promise, or oath; any act which binds one to do, or forbear to do, something to another, or for him; favour by which one is bound in gratitude. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Any act by which a person becomes bound to do something to or for another, or to forbear something; external duties imposed by law, promise, or contract, by the relations of society, or by courtesy, kindness, etc. dictgcide_fs
  17. The state of being obligated or bound; the state of being indebted for an act of favor or kindness; often used with under to indicate being in that state; as, to place others under obligations to one. dictgcide_fs
  18. Binding agreement esp. one enforceable under legal penalty, written contract or bond; constraining power of a law, precept, duty, contract, &c. (of o., obligatory); one\'s bounden duty, a duty, burdensome task; (indebtedness for) service or benefit (be, put, under an o.; repay an o.). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  19. n. Act of binding ;—the binding power of a vow, promise, oath, or contract, or of law, civil, political, or moral, independent of a promise ;—any specific act or deed by which a person becomes bound to do something to or for another, or to forbear something ;—state of being indebted for an act of favour or kindness ;- a bond with, a condition annexed. Cabinet Dictionary
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