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Noun: obligation  ,ó-bli'gey-shun
  1. The social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
    "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty";
    - duty, responsibility
  2. The state of being obligated to do or pay something
    "he is under an obligation to finish the job"
  3. A personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favour
    - indebtedness
  4. A written promise to repay a debt
    - debt instrument, certificate of indebtedness
  5. A legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply

Derived forms: obligations

Type of: document, personal relation, personal relationship, social control, state, written agreement

Encyclopedia: Obligation