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Definition of the noun obligation

What does obligation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: obligations

  1. the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
  2. the state of being obligated to do or pay something
    • example: he is under an obligation to finish the job
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: state = the way something is with respect to its main attributes
    • more specific terms: financial obligation / indebtedness / liability = an obligation to pay money to another party
  3. a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
  4. a written promise to repay a debt
  5. a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic term: written agreement = a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties
    • more specific word: debt = an obligation to pay or do something

Alternative definition of the noun obligation


  1. The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie to someone.
  2. A social, legal, or moral requirement, duty, contract, or promise that compels someone to follow or avoid a particular course of action.
  3. A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which someone is bound or restricted.
  4. [legal] A legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action; the document containing such agreement.


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Phrases with Obligation

  1. moral obligation
  2. financial obligation
  3. Contractual Obligation
  4. holy day of obligation
  5. Collateralized debt obligation
  6. Collateralized loan obligation

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Obligation

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Google previewRwanda and the Moral Obligation of Humanitarian Intervention (2012)

by Joshua James Kassner

intermediate obligation is a ”plausible reason” for action.83 An absolute obligation is that which is right, the right thing to do.84 A moral obliga— tion of humanitarian intervention has elements of both intermediate and absolute obligations.

Google previewSoviet Civil Law (1988)

by Oleg Nikolaevich Sadikov

An obligation is a legal relationship in which one party (the debtor) is obliged to perform a specific action for another party or to refrain from a...

Google previewMoral Principles and Political Obligations (1981)

by A. John Simmons

a political obligation is a moral requirement to support and comply with the political institutions of one's country of residence. Before we can be more specific, however, it is still important that we ...

Google previewClassical and Modern Thought on International Relations (2005)

From Anarchy to Cosmopolis by R. Jackson

Political obligation is the duty to uphold and abide by the constitution, laws, and regulations of the state.

The notion ofinternational obligation is a flight of the imagination .

Google previewThe Philosophy of Need (2005)

by Soran Reader

Obligation is a relational term: the idea that there are obligations to do things which do not fall on anyone makes no more sense than the idea that there are people who are heavier, without there being anyone specific who they are heavier ...

Google previewThe Liberalization of Electricity and Natural Gas in the European Union (2001)

by Damien Geradin

a non-compete obligation means an obligation not to manufacture, purchase, sell or resell goods or...

An example of such an exclusive supply obligation is the contract between NAM and Gasunie in the Netherlands.

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2012)

by G.H.R. Parkinson

Obligation: Some. Sceptical. Views1. Graeme. Duncan. The relationship between individual and state¦the demands that the state can properly make on itscitizens, or the legitimate expectationsit may have of them, and viceversa¦is clearly ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Matrimonial Clauses (2015)

by Raoul Lionel Felder

This clause basically provides that there is an offset in the parent's support obligation to the degree of the award in a later court order arising from a lawsuit between a father and a parent. Lastly, it provides for the mother to basically indemnify ...

Google previewMultilingual Law Dictionary (1979)

by Lawrence Deems Egbert, Fernando Morales Macedo

oath 176 obligation...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Philosophy (2009)

by Michael Proudfoot, A.R. Lacey

obligation,. duty . Etymologically a corruption of'oweit', 'ought'suggestsagap which requires to be filled. But thegapmaynot alwaysexist:tosaythekettle ought to be boiling when itclearlyis boiling isnormallypointless, but 'It ought to beboilingby ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Index (1998)

by Edward Craig

political obligation, usually on voluntarist grounds, without making any revolutionary practical recommendations. Some philosophical anarchists have argued on a priori grounds that the authority of the state is inconsistent with individual ...

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Quotes about Obligation

A judge can't have any preferred outcome in any particular case. The judge's only obligation - and it's a solemn obligation - is to the rule of law. (Samuel Alito)
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Scrabble value of O1B3L1I1G2A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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