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Definition of Ought

Ought

  1. See Aught.
  2. Was or were under obligation to pay; owed.
  3. Owned; possessed.
  4. To be bound in duty or by moral obligation.
  5. To be necessary, fit, becoming, or expedient; to behoove; -- in this sense formerly sometimes used impersonally or without a subject expressed.
  6. of Owe

Ought Quotations

All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
John Locke

A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. - Henrik Ibsen
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
Henrik Ibsen

Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel. - John Churton Collins
Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.
John Churton Collins

'Sex' is as important as eating or drinking and we ought to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other.
Marquis de Sade

If your treat an individual... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Ought Translations

ought in German is sollte
ought in Italian is dovevo