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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Obligation  \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}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  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  [syn:  {duty},  {responsibility}] 
  2:  the  state  of  having  financial  obligations 
  3:  a  legal  agreement  specifying  a  payment  or  action  and  the 
  penalty  for  failure  to  comply 

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