Dictionary Results for obligation


1. obligation - noun

· the social force that binds you to 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

Synonym(s): duty, responsibility

Hypernym(s): social_control




2. obligation - noun

· the state of being obligated to do or pay something; "he is under an obligation to finish the job"

Hypernym(s): state




3. obligation - noun

· a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor

Synonym(s): indebtedness

Hypernym(s): personal_relation, personal_relationship




4. obligation - noun

· a written promise to repay a debt

Synonym(s): debt_instrument, certificate_of_indebtedness

Hypernym(s): document




5. obligation - noun

· a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply

Hypernym(s): written_agreement





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