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Another word for obligation

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Noun
  1. An act or course of action that is demanded of one, as by position, custom, law, or religion

      1. Condition, quality, fact, or instance of being responsible; obligation, accountability, dependability, etc.
      2. Something for which one is responsible; a duty, obligation, or burden.
      3. (Military) The obligation to carry forward an assigned task to a successful conclusion. With responsibility goes authority to direct and take the necessary action to ensure success. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
      1. Necessity or obligation created by some situation
      2. A lack of something useful, required, or desired
      3. A condition or situation in which something must be supplied in order for a certain condition to be maintained or a desired state to be achieved:
      1. The unfermented or fermenting juice expressed from fruit, especially grapes.
      2. A state of frenzy in animals, esp. in the male elephant, usually associated with sexual heat
      3. Something that is absolutely required or indispensable:
      1. A verb form of the imperative mood.
      2. A command; an order.
      3. A rule, principle, or need that requires or compels certain action:
      1. An act or a course of action that is required of one by position, social custom, law, or religion:
      2. A measure of efficiency expressed as the amount of work done per unit of energy used.
      3. The application of something for a purpose; use:
      1. Official consignment by court order of a person as to prison or a mental hospital
      2. Something pledged, especially an engagement by contract involving financial obligation.
      3. A financial liability undertaken, as an agreement to buy or sell securities
      1. Expense; cost:
      2. The maximum or necessary quantity, as of fuel, that a container or apparatus is built to hold; also, the actual quantity held
      3. Care; custody:
      1. A source of great worry or stress; weight:
      2. Something that is emotionally difficult to bear.
      3. Anything one has to bear or put up with; heavy load, as of work, duty, responsibility, or sorrow
    See also:

    obligation

  2. Something, such as money, owed by one person to another

      1. An account on a balance sheet showing this
      2. An obligation, debt or responsibility owed to someone.
      3. (Accounting) A debt of a person or business, as a note payable or a long-term debenture
      1. The amount owed; all one's debts
      2. All debts totalled.
      3. State of owing money; being in debt.
      1. A charge or fee for membership, as in a club or organization.
      2. Anything due or owed
      3. Something owed or deserved:
      1. An obligation or liability to pay or render something to someone else:
      2. Something owed, such as money, goods, or services:
      3. Financial instruments, such as bonds, mortgages, and loans, that represent a claim to payment and rights of creditorship:
      1. The state of being behind in fulfilling obligations:
      2. Unpaid and overdue debts
      3. An unpaid, overdue debt or an unfulfilled obligation.
      1. The state of being behind in the fulfillment of obligations or of being overdue in payment.
      2. A payment owed.
      3. An item that is in arrears, as periodic payments on a debt or for taxes.
  3. A condition of owing something to another

    See also:

    pay

Another word for obligation

Noun
      1. Something owed, such as money, goods, or services:
      2. An obligation or liability to pay or render something to someone else:
      3. Financial instruments, such as bonds, mortgages, and loans, that represent a claim to payment and rights of creditorship:
      1. The amount of a disease-causing entity present in an organism.
      2. Anything one has to bear or put up with; heavy load, as of work, duty, responsibility, or sorrow
      3. (Nautical) The amount of cargo that a vessel can carry.
      1. Official consignment by court order of a person as to prison or a mental hospital
      2. A pledge or obligation, as to follow a certain course of action:
      3. A financial liability undertaken, as an agreement to buy or sell securities
      1. The state or fact of being in need.
      2. Something necessary:
      3. The compulsion or constraint of man-made circumstances, habit, custom, law, etc.; logical or moral conditions making certain actions inevitable or obligatory