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OBLIGATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does obligation mean? 

OBLIGATION (noun)
  The noun OBLIGATION has 4 senses:

1. the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
2. the state of being obligated to do or pay something
3. a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
4. a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply

  Familiarity information: OBLIGATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


OBLIGATION (noun)


Sense 1obligation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

obligation; responsibility; duty

Context examples:

we must instill a sense of duty in our children / every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty

Hypernyms ("obligation" is a kind of...):

social control (control exerted (actively or passively) by group action)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "obligation"):

job (the responsibility to do something)

demand; requirement (required activity)

prerequisite; requirement (something that is required in advance)

white man's burden (the supposed responsibility of the white race to provide care for their non-white subjects)

line of duty (all that is normally required in some area of responsibility)

legal duty (acts which the law requires be done or forborne)

incumbency (a duty that is incumbent upon you)

imperative (some duty that is essential and urgent)

filial duty (duty of a child to its parents)

civic duty; civic responsibility (the responsibilities of a citizen)

burden of proof (the duty of proving a disputed charge)

noblesse oblige (the obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically))

moral obligation (an obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong)

guardianship; keeping; safekeeping (the responsibility of a guardian or keeper)


Sense 2obligation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being obligated to do or pay something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

he is under an obligation to finish the job

Hypernyms ("obligation" is a kind of...):

state (the way something is with respect to its main attributes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "obligation"):

financial obligation; indebtedness; liability (an obligation to pay money to another party)


Sense 3obligation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

indebtedness; obligation

Hypernyms ("obligation" is a kind of...):

personal relation; personal relationship (a relation between persons)


Sense 4obligation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("obligation" is a kind of...):

written agreement (a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "obligation"):

debt (an obligation to pay or do something)


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