Definitions of obligation

  1. the state of being obligated to do or pay something; "he is under an obligation to finish the job" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The act of obligating. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Anything that constrains or obliges; binding force; bond; favor; debt of gratitude. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

Usage examples for obligation

  1. Whether, in taking this step, Burns thought that he was carrying out a legal, as well as a moral, obligation we know not. – Robert Burns by Principal Shairp
  2. Doubts as to the exact nature of " prompt return" made me painfully uncertain as to whether a month, a week, or a day were the limit which Honour and Obligation had set for me. – Americans and Others by Agnes Repplier