Origin of obligate
Related Words for obligatedobliged, indebted, compelled, enslaved, duty-bound, forced, indentured, required, urged, tied, committed, contracted, bounden
Examples from the Web for obligated
Contemporary Examples of obligated
Starting in 1966, Korean movie theaters were obligated to show at least six domestic films for more than 90 days.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
“The Palestinians under Oslo are obligated to do everything they can,” he said.Israeli Intel Chief: Hamas Is Just Like ISIS
July 1, 2014
“But he was not obligated to do that by the resolution itself,” McFaul said.Russia’s Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile It Can Sell to Iran
April 8, 2014
But the agency is obligated under the law to inquire about an applicant's activities.IRS Deems Pro-Israel Group ‘Touch and Go’
June 26, 2013
There simply is not enough city there to finance the payments they are obligated to pay.Saving Detroit: When a Big City Stops Being Big
May 13, 2013
Historical Examples of obligated
You have the horse and are obligated to give an entertainment for the Nazarenes in Adot.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
It is in the sense of a historian bound and obligated to truth that we view him.Hidden Treasures
Harry A. Lewis
On the other hand, we are obligated to protect the interests of galactic citizens.Alarm Clock
Everett B. Cole
To these men we are obligated for our growth and development.Fundamentals of Prosperity
Roger W. Babson
You are not obligated at present to go to the Copyright Office to ask any questions.
- to compel, constrain, or oblige morally or legally
- (in the US) to bind (property, funds, etc) as security
- compelled, bound, or restricted
- biology able to exist under only one set of environmental conditionsan obligate parasite cannot live independently of its host Compare facultative (def. 4)
Word Origin for obligate
1540s, "to bind, connect;" 1660s, "to put under moral obligation," back-formation from obligation, or else from Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare (see oblige). Oblige, with which it has been confused since late 17c., means "to do one a favor." Related: Obligated; obligating.
- Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role.
- Capable of existing only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role. An obligate aerobe, such as certain bacteria, can live only in the presence of oxygen. An obligate parasite cannot survive independently of its host. Compare facultative.