Etymology: From Latin obligatio, from obligatum (past participle of obligare, from ob- to + ligare to bind, from PIE
- 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.
- A legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action; the document containing such agreement.
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