from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Benevolent, honorable behavior considered to be the responsibility of persons of high birth or rank.
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- noun The
honourable obligationthat is the responsibilityof those of high rank; in American English this often includes the expectation of benevolentactions such as helping those less fortunate.
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- noun the obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically)
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[French, nobility is an obligation : noblesse, nobility + oblige, third person sing. present tense of obliger, to obligate.]
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From French, noblesse ("nobility") oblige ("obliges")
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