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obligation

 
Noun obligation has 4 senses
  1. duty, responsibility, obligation - the social force that binds you to your obligations and the courses of action demanded by that force; "we must instill a sense of duty in our children"; "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr
    --1 is a kind of social control
    --1 has particulars:
     job; guardianship, keeping, safekeeping; moral obligation; noblesse oblige; burden of proof; civic duty, civic responsibility; filial duty; imperative; incumbency; legal duty; line of duty; white man's burden; prerequisite, requirement; requirement, demand
    Derived forms: verb obligate1, verb oblige1
  2. obligation - the state of being obligated to do or pay something; "he is under an obligation to finish the job"
    --2 is a kind of
    state
    --2 has particulars: indebtedness, liability, financial obligation
    Derived forms: verb obligate2, verb obligate3
  3. obligation - a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
    --3 is a kind of
    personal relation, personal relationship
    Derived form: verb oblige3
  4. obligation - a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply
    --4 is a kind of
    written agreement
    --4 has particulars: debt
    Derived forms: verb obligate3, verb oblige2
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