obligation obligation  /ˌɑb lə ˈɡeɪ ʃən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
  2. (n) the state of being obligated to do or pay something
  3. (n) a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
  4. (n) a written promise to repay a debt
  5. (n) a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply

Usage(s):

  1. It's an obligation I will uphold as President, and it's an obligation that will endure long after this war is over.
  2. I feel that I have an obligation to witness within my own church.
  3. His only obligation is to go on living, which is mostly a matter of chance, supplemented by his own cunning.

News

  1. EvergreenHealth Commissioners Refinance Bonds, Save Taxpayers $9 million

    Property taxpayers in King County Public Hospital District No. 2 – EvergreenHealth – will see their tax obligation drop by more than $9 million over the next 10 years, thanks to th
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Debenhams’ Moral Obligation To Ban Airbrushing

    Debenhams, a high-street department store in the UK, claims that they have a moral obligation to ban the use of airbrushing techniques on all lingerie model shots. The department store says that they “want to help customers feel confident about their figures without bombarding them with unattainable body images,” says Daily Mail. The use of [...] Debenhams’ Moral Obligation To Ban Airbrushing is ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Inquisitr

  3. Fitch Rates Philadelphia, PA's General Obligation Bonds 'A-'

    Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to the following city of Philadelphia, PA general obligation bonds:
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

Quotes

  1. "We have heard this foolish delusion before," Bush said. "As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared, 'Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to...
    on May 21, 2008 By: President Bush Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "We take our obligation to fans in this matter very seriously," Stern said. "I can stand here today and pledge that we will do every look back possible to analyze our processes and seek the best advice possible to see if there are changes...
    on Jul 24, 2007 By: David Stern Source: SI.com

  3. "Ryan was given every opportunity to be a part of this football team," a statement from coach Les Miles said. "In the end, he didn't fulfill his obligation as an LSU student-athlete. We hope that a new beginning will benefit him."
    on May 2, 2008 By: Les Miles Source: USA Today

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