Definitions of obligation

  1. a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply
  2. a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
  3. The act of obligating.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Anything that constrains or obliges; binding force; bond; favor; debt of gratitude.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
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