Definition of obligation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    obligation

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌɒblɪˈɡeɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɑːblɪˈɡeɪʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] obligation (to do something) the state of being forced to do something because it is your duty, or because of a law, etc. You are under no obligation to buy anything. She did not feel under any obligation to tell him the truth. I don't want people coming to see me out of a sense of obligation. We will send you an estimate for the work without obligation (= you do not have to accept it).
  2. 2[countable] something which you must do because you have promised, because of a law, etc. synonym commitment to fulfil your legal/professional/financial obligations They reminded him of his contractual obligations. obligation to do something We have a moral obligation to protect the environment.
  3. Express YourselfAsking about obligationWhen you are unsure about what is expected of you in a situation, you can ask about obligations: What time do we have to be home? Are we supposed to show our ID cards? Is it necessary to apply for a visa? Is there a legal obligation to wear a bike helmet here? Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘formal promise’): via Old French from Latin obligatio(n-), from the verb obligare, from ob- ‘towards’ + ligare ‘to bind’.Extra examples I am under no obligation to tell you my name. I can’t travel next month because of family obligations. Our mortgage advice is given free and without obligation. The builders failed to meet their contractual obligations. We have a moral obligation to help. obligations arising from your contract of employment our moral obligations with respect to the law the obligations of citizenship I don’t want people coming to see me out of a sense of obligation. We will send you an estimate for the work without obligation. You must fulfil your legal obligations.
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