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
  2. the state of being obligated to do or pay something; " he is under an obligation to finish the job"
  3. a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply
  4. a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
  5. The act of obligating.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  12. Anything that constrains or obliges; binding force; bond; favor; debt of gratitude.
  13. Moral or legal constraint; a requirement imposed; debt of gratitude or courtesy; a bond under penalty.
  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.
  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.

Usage examples for obligation

  1. I admit the obligation of speaking to him when I meet him in your house. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  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
  3. The duty of the government, at the present moment, would seem to be to preserve, not to destroy; to maintain the position which it has assumed; and, for one, I shall feel it an indispensable obligation to hold it steady, as far as in my power, to that degree of protection which it has undertaken to bestow. – Select Speeches of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster
  4. We are under some obligation to the Duke." – Round the Red Lamp Being Facts and Fancies of Medical Life by Arthur Conan Doyle
  5. To keep that situation of guilt and remorse at the utmost distance is, therefore, our first obligation. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  6. He bade her fear nothing for the child, or herself, and assured her that her future would be his care and first obligation as long as he lived. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  7. There is no obligation that way, but it is more comfortable. – Beric the Briton A Story of the Roman Invasion by G. A. Henty
  8. It lay in the mist and yet not in the mist, and it was binding him to obligation. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple
  9. This young girl, had she not become his burden of responsibility; his moral obligation? – Under the Rose by Frederic Stewart Isham
  10. I am sensible of my obligation. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  11. We cannot disregard this obligation ... – Slavery and the Constitution by William Ingersoll Bowditch
  12. It must examine the motives that influence conduct: pleasure, well- being, happiness, duty, obligation, moral law, etc. – Ontology or the Theory of Being by Peter Coffey
  13. She had in the main a good heart, but was troubled with an uneasy temper: and I do not fail to think myself under much obligation to her. – The Autobiography of Madame Guyon by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
  14. She saw the ideal life in a release from all duty and obligation- save to herself. – The Whirlpool by George Gissing
  15. You lay me under a very great obligation. – Weird Tales. Vol. I by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  16. If it's about that you wish to see me," he went on, " I may as well tell you just here that I shall be able to meet my full obligation in the future as little as I've met it in the past. – The Finer Grain by Henry James
  17. But the hardest obligation and the steepest adventure is to get there. – Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
  18. 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
  19. Under all the circumstances- her trying to get money for her silence, and so on- I don't see that we are under the smallest obligation- of honour or anything else- to help her. – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall