Definition of "obligation" []

  • The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie. (noun)
  • A social, legal, or moral requirement, such as a duty, contract, or promise that compels one to follow or avoid a particular course of action. (noun)
  • A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which one is bound or restricted. (noun)
  • The constraining power of a promise, contract, law, or sense of duty. (noun)
  • Law A legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action, especially if the agreement also specifies a penalty for failure to comply. (noun)
  • A moral or legal requirement; duty (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The act of obligating or the state of being obligated (noun)
  • A legally enforceable agreement to perform some act, esp to pay money, for the benefit of another party (noun)
  • A written contract containing a penalty (noun)
  • An instrument acknowledging indebtedness to secure the repayment of money borrowed (noun)
  • A person or thing to which one is bound morally or legally (noun)
  • Something owed in return for a service or favour (noun)
  • A service or favour for which one is indebted (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "obligation" in a sentence
  • "_perfect obligation_ is one that can be enforced -- one that exists where there is a right to compel the party on whom the obligation rests to fulfill it."
  • "Of course you want to be fair and respectful to the author, but your main obligation is to the readers of the review and by extension, to"
  • "The source of the obligation is the VCLT, not the later treaty."