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- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
obligation (plural obligations)
- The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie to someone.
- A social, legal, or moral requirement, duty, contract, or promise that compels someone to follow or avoid a particular course of action.
- A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which someone is bound or restricted.
- (law) 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. <<from an agreement>>
- 1668 December 19, James Dalrymple, “Mr. Alexander Seaton contra Menzies” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion I (Edinburgh, 1683),
- The Pupil after his Pupillarity, had granted a Diſcharge to one of the Co-tutors, which did extinguiſh the whole Debt of that Co-tutor, and conſequently of all the reſt, they being all correi debendi, lyable by one individual Obligation, which cannot be Diſcharged as to one, and ſtand as to all the reſt.
Usage notes 
- Adjectives often used with "obligation": moral, legal, social, contractual, political, mutual, military, perpetual, etc.
- (requirement, duty, contract or promise): duty
- (requirement, duty, contract or promise): right
Related terms 
act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie to someone
social, legal, or moral requirement
course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience
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obligation f (plural obligations)