- 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
Examples from the Web for obligation
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.
But he has always said we have an obligation to defend people in the region.Rand Paul Declares War on ISIS—and Allows Boots on the Ground|Olivia Nuzzi|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Krauss says that ending religion is a matter of obligation, but I think our obligations are much different.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?|Vlad Chituc|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It has created neither the sense of obligation nor the determination of what is right or wrong in conduct.Introduction to the History of Religions|Crawford Howell Toy
The obligation was mutual, that the host should give hospitality, and that the guest should not abuse it.
For love is held by a certainty of obligation, which because men are mischievous, is broken upon any occasion of their own profit.Machiavelli, Volume I|Niccol Machiavelli
I never had any, and now there is nothing I could do which would quite wipe out the obligation I feel I am under to you, he said.The Dust of Conflict|David Goodger (email@example.com)
Farewell, you have laid me under a load of obligation—not that I feel it a load.The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)|Charles Darwin
British Dictionary definitions for obligation
- a written contract containing a penalty
- an instrument acknowledging indebtedness to secure the repayment of money borrowed