1. [ noun ] (sociology) the social force that binds you to your obligations and the courses of action demanded by that force
Synonyms: duty responsibility

: "we must instill a sense of duty in our children" "every right implies a responsibility"- John D.Rockefeller Jr

Related terms: social_control requirement prerequisite job guardianship filial_duty imperative noblesse_oblige legal_duty incumbency moral_obligation white_man's_burden line_of_duty civic_duty burden_of_proof compel
2. [ noun ] (law,finance,writing,business,sociology) a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
Related terms: indebtedness personal_relation oblige
3. [ noun ] the state of being obligated to do or pay something

"he is under an obligation to finish the job"

Related terms: state liability obligate
4. [ noun ] (law,writing,business) a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply
Related terms: written_agreement debt indebtedness oblige
Similar spelling:   obligational