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Dictionary definition for: Obligation

1. (n) 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"- Jo

2. (n) the state of being obligated to do or pay something; "he is under an obligation to finish the job"

3. (n) a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor

4. (n) a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply

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