from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie.
- n. A social, legal, or moral requirement, such as a duty, contract, or promise that compels one to follow or avoid a particular course of action.
- n. A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which one is bound or restricted.
- n. The constraining power of a promise, contract, law, or sense of duty.
- n. Law A legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action, especially if the agreement also specifies a penalty for failure to comply.
- n. Law The document containing the terms of such an agreement.
- n. Something owed as payment or in return for a special service or favor.
- n. The service or favor for which one is indebted to another.
- n. The state, fact, or feeling of being indebted to another for a special service or favor received.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie to someone.
- n. A social, legal, or moral requirement, duty, contract, or promise that compels someone to follow or avoid a particular course of action.
- n. A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which someone is bound or restricted.
- n. A legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action; the document containing such agreement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of obligating.
- n. 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.
- n. Any act by which a person becomes bound to do something to or for another, or to forbear something; external duties imposed by law, promise, or contract, by the relations of society, or by courtesy, kindness, etc.
- n. The state of being obligated or bound; the state of being indebted for an act of favor or kindness; -- often used with under to indicate being in that state.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The constraining power or authoritative character of a duty, a moral precept, a civil law, or a promise or contract voluntarily made; action upon the will by a sense of moral constraint.
- n. That to which one is bound; that which one is bound or obliged to do, especially by moral or legal claims; a duty.
- n. A claim; a ground of demanding.
- n. The state or fact of being bound or morally constrained by gratitude to requite benefits; moral indebtedness.
- n. In law: A bond containing a penalty, with a condition annexed, for payment of money, performance of covenants, or the like: sometimes styled a writing obligatory. By some modern English jurists the word is used as equivalent to legal duty generally.
- n. In Roman law, the juridical relation between two or more persons in virtue of which one can compel the other to do or not to do a certain act which has a monetary value, or can at least be measured by a monetary standard.
- n. In medieval schools, a rule of disputation by which the opponent was bound to admit any premise, not involving a contradiction, begging of the question, or other fallacy, which the respondent might propose.
- n. Synonyms Engagement, contract, agreement.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
- n. the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
- n. a written promise to repay a debt
- n. a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply
- n. the state of being obligated to do or pay something
_perfect obligation_ is one that can be enforced -- one that exists where there is a right to compel the party on whom the obligation rests to fulfill it.
Of course you want to be fair and respectful to the author, but your main obligation is to the readers of the review and by extension, to
The source of the obligation is the VCLT, not the later treaty.
Hospitals are indeed required to provide emergency care to any walk-in patient, and this obligation is a meaningful public service.
This obligation is the first, the foremost, the most essential for this generation, for a world fit for human beings to live in cannot be built while there is recurrent war or the possibility of it.
I myself said to you that you were ridiculously exaggerating what you called your obligation to me.
Consider the long run of life and take in all the interests of it, and you will find that what we call obligation to God, not only does not infringe upon your pleasures, but actually commands you on, to the greatest and highest enjoyments of which you are capable.
And certainly while Mr. Maynard and I have existence — but I do not want that a mind so over and above sensible of what you call obligation, should be brought to fancy yourself in a state of dependance; even upon us.
The word, "obligation" is very draining sometimes.
The SG has an independent obligation to determine the position of the United States before the Supreme Court and that obligation is not extinguished because a line attorney took a contrary position in an earlier case.