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Pronunciation:  `√Ęblu'gushun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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
  2. [n]  a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply
  3. [n]  a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
  4. [n]  the state of being obligated to do or pay something; "he is under an obligation to finish the job"

OBLIGATION is a 10 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: duty, responsibility
 See Also: burden of proof, civic duty, civic responsibility, debt, demand, filial duty, financial obligation, guardianship, imperative, incumbency, indebtedness, job, keeping, legal duty, liability, line of duty, moral obligation, noblesse oblige, personal relation, personal relationship, prerequisite, requirement, safekeeping, social control, state, white man's burden, written agreement



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ob"li*ga"tion\, n. [F. obligation. L. obligatio. See
1. The act of obligating.

2. 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.

         A tender conscience is a stronger obligation than a
         proson.                               --Fuller.

3. Any act by which a person becomes bound to do something to
   or for anouther, or to forbear something; external duties
   imposed by law, promise, or contract, by the relations of
   society, or by courtesy, kindness, etc.

         Every man has obligations which belong to his
         station. Duties extend beyond obligation, and direct
         the affections, desires, and intentions, as well as
         the actions.                          --Whewell.

4. The state of being obligated or bound; the state of being
   indebted for an act of favor or kindness; as, to place
   others under obligations to one.

5. (Law) 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.

{Days of obligation}. See under {Day}.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that someone is obligated to you means that you will succeed to soaring heights in your personal life and business undertakings. Dreaming that you are obligated to someone means thoughtlessness.
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