- an agreement enforceable by law, originally applied to promises under seal.
- a document containing such an agreement.
- a bond containing a penalty, with a condition annexed for payment of money, performance of covenants, etc.
Origin of obligation
synonym study for obligation
OTHER WORDS FROM obligationpre·ob·li·ga·tion, nounre·ob·li·ga·tion, nounsu·per·ob·li·ga·tion, noun
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How to use obligation in a sentence
Although corporations can opt in to become a PBC, there is no obligation on them to do so and they need the support of their shareholders.50 years later, Milton Friedman’s shareholder doctrine is dead|jakemeth|September 13, 2020|Fortune
Right now, 71 percent of all non-agricultural part-time workers fit the latter category, and one of the biggest noneconomic reasons that people look for or accept part-time work is child care obligations.The Easy Part Of The Economic Recovery Might Be Over|Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux|September 4, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Each of us has an obligation to befriend people who are different from us and invite them into our homes.We won’t have a true economic recovery until we tackle the racial wealth gap|matthewheimer|September 1, 2020|Fortune
Earlier in lockdown, when people were always available — because life outside the home was essentially banned — there were new, complicated obligations to be virtually present.‘It can take on a panopticon effect’: Slack’s presenteeism problem grows with no end in sight for remote work|Lucinda Southern|August 28, 2020|Digiday
By spreading out the payments over many years, he could keep his tax obligations low.
Obviously, the first obligation of all liberal democratic governments is to enforce the rule of law.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It is the obligation of citizens and journalists as well as governments.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“It is our Islamic obligation to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and give it our Islamic fealty,” he said.
Even the best of us can hurt the people who come to us for care when we forget that our foremost obligation is to them.
This government obligation is limited by practical considerations of safety and security.
There is an implied obligation on the hirer's part to use the car only for the purpose and in the manner for which it was hired.
With this political subjection one is reluctant to associate a more sordid kind of obligation.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
The swearing of an oath always brings under obligation to God, and therefore always includes the making of a vow.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
If he carries these gratuitously his obligation is still less, nevertheless he must even then take some care of them.
Sometimes a moral obligation to pay money is a good consideration for a promising to pay it.
British Dictionary definitions for obligation
- a written contract containing a penalty
- an instrument acknowledging indebtedness to secure the repayment of money borrowed