Part of speech: noun

The act of obligating.

Part of speech: noun

Moral or legal constraint; a requirement imposed; debt of gratitude or courtesy; a bond under penalty.

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Usage examples "obligation":

  1. They've always placed me under such ghastly obligation for their having brought me into the world. - "Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl", Fannie Hurst.
  2. You lay me under a very great obligation. - "Weird Tales. Vol. I", E. T. A. Hoffmann.
  3. She really believed- in spite of the obligation under which he had placed her- that she hated him more than ever. - "The Trail to Yesterday", Charles Alden Seltzer.