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obligation

Definition of obligation

Etymology

    From Latin obligatio, from obligatum (past participle of obligare), from ob- to + ligare to bind, from Proto-Indo-European *leig- ("to bind").

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn

Noun

obligation (plural obligations)

  1. The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie to someone.
  2. A social, legal, or moral requirement, duty, contract, or promise that compels someone to follow or avoid a particular course of action.
  3. A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which someone is bound or restricted.
  4. (law) A legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action; the document containing such agreement.

    X shall be entitled to subcontract its obligation to provide the Support Services. <<from an agreement>>

Related terms

  • obligate
  • obligated
  • obligational
  • obligato
  • obligatorily
  • oblige
  • obligee
  • obliger
  • obliging
  • obligingly
  • obligingness
  • obligor
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