- 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
Synonyms for obligation
Related Words for obligationduty, accountability, requirement, right, necessity, constraint, understanding, commitment, contract, agreement, liability, trust, promise, burden, need, debt, bond, conscience, onus, business
Examples from the Web for obligation
Contemporary Examples of 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
It is the obligation of citizens and journalists as well as governments.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
“It is our Islamic obligation to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and give it our Islamic fealty,” he said.ISIS Targets Afghanistan Just as the U.S. Quits
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 19, 2014
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
November 24, 2014
Krauss says that ending religion is a matter of obligation, but I think our obligations are much different.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?
November 9, 2014
Historical Examples of obligation
But I don't wish to be under any obligation to him, that's certain.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
Yet I don't like to owe him an obligation, if I could help it.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
He cannot permit the burden of obligation to remain upon him.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
At the lowest mark, the balance will be even, and there'll be no obligation at all.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
This obligation to learn ceases when certain examinations are passed.Freeland
- a written contract containing a penalty
- an instrument acknowledging indebtedness to secure the repayment of money borrowed
c.1300, from Old French obligacion "obligation, duty, responsibility" (early 13c.) and directly from Latin obligationem (nominative obligatio) "an engaging or pledging," literally "a binding" (but rarely used in this sense), noun of action from past participle stem of obligare (see oblige). The notion is of binding with promises or by law or duty.