HyperDic: obligation

English > 5 senses of the word obligation:
NOUNactobligation, duty, responsibilitythe social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
stateobligationthe state of being obligated to do or pay something
relationobligation, indebtednessa personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
possessionobligation, debt instrument, certificate of indebtednessa written promise to repay a debt
communicationobligationa legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply
obligation > pronunciation
Soundsaa.blahgey'shahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > obligation: 5 senses > noun 1, act
MeaningThe social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force.
Example every opportunity, an obligation
Synonymsduty, responsibility
Narrowerburden of proofThe duty of proving a disputed charge
civic duty, civic responsibilityThe responsibilities of a citizen
filial dutyduty of a child to its parents
guardianship, keeping, safekeepingThe responsibility of a guardian or keeper
imperativeSome duty that is essential and urgent
incumbencyA duty that is incumbent upon you
jobThe responsibility to do something
legal dutyActs which the law requires be done or forborne
line of dutyAll that is normally required in some area of responsibility
moral obligationAn obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong
noblesse obligeThe obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically)
prerequisite, requirementSomething that is required in advance
requirement, demandrequired activity
white man's burdenThe supposed responsibility of the white race to provide care for their non-white subjects
Broadersocial controlControl exerted (actively or passively) by group action
Spanishcompromiso, deber, obligación, responsabilidad
Catalandeure, obligació, responsabilitat
Verbsoblige, obligateforce somebody to do something
English > obligation: 5 senses > noun 2, state
MeaningThe state of being obligated to do or pay something.
Example"he is under an obligation to finish the job"
Narrowerindebtedness, liability, financial obligationAn obligation to pay money to another party
BroaderstateThe way something is with respect to its main attributes
Verbsobligatebind by an obligation / obligation
obligatecommit in order to fulfill an obligation
English > obligation: 5 senses > noun 3, relation
MeaningA personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor.
Synonymindebtedness
Broaderpersonal relation, personal relationshipA relation between persons
Verbsobligeprovide a service or favor for someone
English > obligation: 5 senses > noun 4, possession
MeaningA written promise to repay a debt.
Synonymsdebt instrument, certificate of indebtedness
Narrowerbond, bond certificateA certificate of debt (usually interest-bearing or discounted) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to raise money
cash equivalentA highly liquid debt instrument with maturities of less than three months
certificate of deposit, CDA debt instrument issued by a bank
floaterA debt instrument with a variable interest rate tied to some other interest rate (e.g. the rate paid by T-bills)
note, promissory note, note of handA promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time
BroaderdocumentA written account of ownership or obligation
Spanishcertificado de adeudo, instrumento de deuda, obligación, título de crédito
Catalancertificat de deute
English > obligation: 5 senses > noun 5, communication
MeaningA legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply.
NarrowerdebtAn obligation to pay or do something
Broaderwritten agreementA legal document summarizing the agreement between parties
Spanishdeber, obligación
Catalanobligació
Adjectivesobligationalrelating or constituting / constituting or qualified to create a legal or financial obligation
Verbsoblige, obligatebind by an obligation / obligation

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