Obligation
Obligation Ob"li*ga"tion, n. [F. obligation. L. obligatio. See {Oblige}.] 1. The act of obligating. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

A tender conscience is a stronger obligation than a proson. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

3. Any act by which a person becomes bound to do something to or for another, or to forbear something; external duties imposed by law, promise, or contract, by the relations of society, or by courtesy, kindness, etc. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. The state of being obligated or bound; the state of being indebted for an act of favor or kindness; -- often used with under to indicate being in that state; as, to place others under obligations to one. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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

{under obligation}, {under an obligation}. in a state of obligation[4]. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • Obligation — • Defined in the Institutes of Justinian as a legal bond which by a legal necessity binds us to do something according to the laws of our State Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Obligation     Obligation …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • obligation — Obligation. s. f. Acte public par lequel on s oblige pardevant Notaire de payer certaine somme. Une obligation de dix mille francs. la nouvelle Ordonnance deffend l obligation par corps. obligation solidaire &c. il m en a passé obligation… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • obligation — Obligation, f. acut. Obligatio, Tabulae. Obligation de comparoir en justice, Vadimonium. Une solennité d obligation, ou alienation où il failloit entre autres choses cinq tesmoins, Nexus, siue Nexum. Avoir quelque obligation envers autruy sous… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • obligation — 1 Obligation, duty are comparable when they denote what a person is bound to do or refrain from doing or for the performañce or nonperformance of which he is held responsible. In ordinary usage obligation typically implies immediate constraint… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Obligation — (von lateinisch obligare anbinden, verpflichten) steht für: Obligation (Recht), die Haftung einer Person für ein Schuldverhältnis beziehungsweise das Schuldverhältnis als solches Wirtschaft und Finanzen: verzinsliches Wertpapier, eine… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • obligation — (n.) c.1300, from O.Fr. obligation (early 13c.), from L. obligationem (nom. obligatio) an engaging or pledging, lit. a binding (but rarely used in this sense), noun of action from pp. stem of obligare (see OBLIGE (Cf. oblige)). The notion is of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • obligation — [äb΄li gā′shən] n. [ME obligacioun < OFr obligation < L obligatio] 1. an obligating or being obligated 2. a binding contract, promise, moral responsibility, etc. 3. a duty imposed legally or socially; thing that one is bound to do by… …   English World dictionary

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