obligation

[ ob-li-gey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɒb lɪˈgeɪ ʃən /

noun

Origin of obligation

1250–1300; Middle English obligacioun < Old French obligation < Latin obligātiōn- (stem of obligātiō) a binding, equivalent to obligāt(us) bound (see obligate) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

pre·ob·li·ga·tion, nounre·ob·li·ga·tion, nounsu·per·ob·li·ga·tion, noun

Synonym study

1. See duty.
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obligation

/ (ˌɒblɪˈɡeɪʃən) /

noun

Derived Forms

obligational, adjective
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