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Definition of Obligation


  1. The act of obligating.
  2. That which obligates or constrains; the binding power of a promise, contract, oath, or vow, or of law; that which constitutes legal or moral duty.
  3. Any act by which a person becomes bound to do something to or for anouther, or to forbear something; external duties imposed by law, promise, or contract, by the relations of society, or by courtesy, kindness, etc.
  4. The state of being obligated or bound; the state of being indebted for an act of favor or kindness; as, to place others under obligations to one.
  5. A bond with a condition annexed, and a penalty for nonfulfillment. In a larger sense, it is an acknowledgment of a duty to pay a certain sum or do a certain things.
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Obligation Translations

obligation in Afrikaans is plig, verpligting
obligation in Danish is pligt
obligation in Dutch is verplichting, plicht
obligation in Finnish is velvollisuus
obligation in French is obligation
obligation in German is Verpflichtung
obligation in Italian is obbligo