English Online Dictionary. What means obligation? What does obligation mean?
From Middle English obligacioun, from Old French obligacion, from Latin obligatio, obligationem, from obligatum (past participle of obligare), from ob- (“to”) + ligare (“to bind”), from Proto-Indo-European *leyǵ- (“to bind”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɑb.ləˈɡeɪ.ʃən/
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
obligation (countable and uncountable, plural obligations)
- The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie to someone.
- A social, legal, or moral requirement, duty, contract, or promise that compels someone to follow or avoid a particular course of action.
- A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which someone is bound or restricted.
- (law) A legal agreement stipulating a specified action or forbearance by a party to the agreement; the document containing such agreement.
- (countable) Reason for being obliged to, that is, grateful for, something.
- (the act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie to someone): commitment
- (requirement, duty, contract or promise): duty
- (requirement, duty, contract or promise): right
Borrowed from Latin obligātiōnem, from the verb obligō (“tie together”).
- IPA(key): /ɔ.bli.ɡa.sjɔ̃/
obligation f (plural obligations)
- (finance) bond
- obligation scolaire
- “obligation”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- Alternative form of obligacioun
- (government) bond
- obligation in Svensk ordbok.