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  Definition 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"- Jo
  2. a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply
  3. a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
  4. the state of being obligated to do or pay something; "he is under an obligation to finish the job"
Similar Words: duty, responsibility

 

Hyponyms: job, guardianship, keeping, safekeeping, moral obligation, noblesse oblige, burden of proof, civic duty, civic responsibility, filial duty, imperative, incumbency, legal duty, line of duty, white man's burden, prerequisite, requirement, demand, debt, indebtedness, liability, financial obligation

 

Derivational Morphology: compel, oblige, obligate, bind, hold, accommodate

 

 
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