American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Morally or legally constraining; binding.
- adj. Imposing or recording an obligation: a bill obligatory.
- adj. Of the nature of an obligation; compulsory: Attendance is obligatory. Mathematics is an obligatory course.
- adj. Biology Obligate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Imposing obligation; binding in law or conscience; imposing duty; requiring performance of or forbearance from some act: followed by on before the person, formerly by to.
- adj. Imposing obligation, morally or legally; binding: an obligatory promise.
- adj. Requiring a matter or obligation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Binding in law or conscience; imposing duty or obligation; requiring performance or forbearance of some act; -- often followed by
- adj. required by obligation or compulsion or convention
- adj. morally or legally constraining or binding
- From Latin obligare obligate, from ob- to + ligare to bind, from Proto-Indo-European *leig- to bind. (Wiktionary)
“As such it shares with them certain obligatory objectives requiring the Court of Auditors and the other Institutions to "aim to promote its values, advance its objectives, serve its interests, those of its citizens and those of the Member States, and ensure the consistency, effectiveness and continuity of its policies and actions".”
“Now, whichever of those groups he takes up he must take certain obligatory subjects.”
“Arabic theology before him -- between those commandments and prohibitions in the Bible which the reason itself approves as right or condemns as wrong -- the rational commandments -- and those which to the reason seem indifferent, and which revelation alone characterizes as obligatory, permitted or forbidden -- the so-called "traditional commandments.”
“The minister said about BRL15.8 billion in cuts would come from so-called obligatory spending, which are those items such as salaries and jobs.”
“There was a quick clip of Obama's speech and then the famous moneygall shot of Obama drinking his pint, which Williams described as the obligatory pint of Guinness in the Dublin brewery.”
“How much less appealing is the notion of obligatory generosity.”
“While a federal judge struck down important parts of Arizona's draconian immigration law today, namely the obligatory police check of immigration status, the battle over Arizona's immigration crisis has hardly come to a screeching halt.”
“Some philosophers (like Nahmanides) follow the former reading, arguing that moral acts of piety or charity are obligatory, that is to say duties that apply to everybody.”
“Or, in the alternative, the distinction can be made within the divine will: one might characterize as obligatory those actions that God wills that one perform, and as supererogatory those actions that God wills that one perform if one is willing to do so, so that if one performs the action, one is doing what God wills, but if one does not, one is not doing what God wills that one not do.”
“It is essential to draw a clear distinction between obedience to an order or rule and recognition that the rule or order is obligatory, that is, that the order ought to be obeyed .... but obedience to an order merely because of the fear of sanctions is nothing more than reaction to naked force and we will seek to avoid obedience wherever possible.”
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