- 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.
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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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Example sentences from the Web for obligation
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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