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obligation

ob·li·ga·tion

obligation

 
 
pronunciation:
a blih geI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that someone should or should not do because of a law or moral principle.
In some countries, military service is an obligation.
synonyms:
responsibility
similar words:
burden, debt, need, office, part
definition 2: the condition of having to do something because of a law or moral principle.
The dishonest man felt no obligation to return the wallet he had found.
synonyms:
duty
similar words:
charge, responsibility, trust