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Obligation in a Sentence

Examples of obligation in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of obligation, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(noun) - a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor

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EXAMPLES - Obligation in a Sentence

  1. I have a family and my first obligation is to them. (source)
  2. -- Your primary obligation is to serve the citizens. (source)
  3. They made a mistake here but the obligation is a real one. (source)
  4. The source of the obligation is the VCLT, not the later treaty. (source)
  5. Defaulting on any loan obligation is likely to damage your credit rating. (source)
  6. Of course, the second part of the obligation is the one most people forget. (source)
  7. But along comes a case like this, and we find that obligation is not nearly so binding. (source)
  8. Or could the administration make the case that their first obligation is to maintain the school? (source)
  9. I myself said to you that you were ridiculously exaggerating what you called your obligation to me. (source)
  10. The 2010 increase was primarily due to interest on the $40 million Long term obligation related to the (source)
  11. These debts are real, but realer still is a certain obligation to our own selves, the obligation to live. (source)
  12. There's a long-term obligation involved, not to mention the emotional strain some of these shows put on me. (source)
  13. The employee's pension is a long-term obligation for which individual mayors are not usually held accountable. (source)
  14. Coyote] And Tom Kirkendall has some excellent background on what he calls the obligation to throw in the towel .... (source)
  15. In fact, in the midst of a financial crisis, incurring a long-term obligation of this magnitude is highly irresponsible. (source)
  16. As with Pocket cellular service, no deposit, credit check, long-term obligation, Social Security number or photo ID are required. (source)
  17. Hospitals are indeed required to provide emergency care to any walk-in patient, and this obligation is a meaningful public service. (source)
  18. Of course you want to be fair and respectful to the author, but your main obligation is to the readers of the review and by extension, to (source)
  19. (no advanced life saving measure) 3 eliminate (bury) further social, retirement and health benefits in 6 mo. (long term obligation reduction) (source)
  20. They say new debt, even if it's a short-term obligation, could skew a borrower's credit profile enough so that preapproved loans do not get funded. (source)
  21. And if next year doesn't go as planned, I'll be able to sign him much more cheaply if I want to or be free of any long-term obligation if I don't want to. (source)
  22. Our obligation is not just to the citizens of the Gulf but also to our entire country and to our fundamental notions of economic and environmental justice. (source)
  23. The use of the word obligation, as a noun substantive, introduces the 'fictitious entity' which represents nothing really separable from the pain or pleasure. (source)
  24. His communications director, Dean A. Ferguson, said Minnick "voted against the bill but said from that day forward that his obligation is to help his constituents." (source)
  25. Though some developers sponsor one-time events, others are making charity a long-term obligation or part of a marketing effort touting philanthropy as a way of life. (source)
  26. Elsewhere in the loan market, banks also sold a $1.2 billion term obligation for Cedar Fair LP, an amusement-park operator Leon Black's Apollo Management LP is buying. (source)
  27. The capital lease (net commitment of $15 million) is reported as a long-term obligation on the consolidated balance sheet under the caption, other long-term liabilities. (source)
  28. This obligation is similar to a US dollar floating rate long-term obligation and has primarily 10 year terms with commercial banks at an average financing charge of between 2% and (source)
  29. This obligation is the first, the foremost, the most essential for this generation, for a world fit for human beings to live in cannot be built while there is recurrent war or the possibility of it. (source)
  30. I believe that the most effective of these is what we are calling in the UK supplier obligation, that is, it is the supplier of the electricity who is obliged to convince consumers to reduce their demand. (source)
  31. So I regard that one essentially as a separate category, where we have, together with Indonesia, discharged a very important obligation, which is rescuing people on the high seas, when they're in difficulty. (source)
  32. The SG has an independent obligation to determine the position of the United States before the Supreme Court and that obligation is not extinguished because a line attorney took a contrary position in an earlier case. (source)
  33. While foundations have a longterm obligation to preserve their endowments, these extraordinary times require the leadership to increase foundation giving, because the ultimate obligation of the foundation is to contribute to a healthy, civil society. (source)
  34. Lawmakers have since introduced legislation in the House and Senate to bar the president from making a long-term obligation to Iraq without their approval and convened the first of a series of hearings on the controversial pact between the two nations. (source)
  35. Consider the long run of life and take in all the interests of it, and you will find that what we call obligation to God, not only does not infringe upon your pleasures, but actually commands you on, to the greatest and highest enjoyments of which you are capable. (source)
  36. Other measures to maintain balance include the application of $208 million in additional fiscal 2008 surplus funds, the use of funds set aside for long-term obligation reduction, and $783 million in Medicaid and other federal assistance from the federal stimulus package. (source)
  37. "Although it might be necessary to have a permanent crisis mechanism in the long run, our first obligation is to ensure a swift and effective implementation of all those new instruments that will avoid the need to ever to use such a mechanism," says Dutch Premier Mark Rutte. (source)
  38. So while the need for improved GPS signaling to Afghanistan is a priority, the long-term obligation of preserving fuel aboard the satellites prompted Strategic Command, and its subordinate unit overseeing satellites, Air Force Space Command, to allow up to two years to get the new satellites in place. (source)
  39. Monies previously dedicated to the recently created long-term obligation and capital expenditure fund (for capital improvements, retiring and defeasing debt, or making additional payments against pension and other post-employment benefit obligations) are now expected to be redeployed to fund operations in the current fiscal year. (source)
  40. Deleverage overall financial position - Investor preference for unhedged producers Announced elimination of all Gold Hedges well ahead of schedule Remaining $0.7 billion in Floating Contracts - Akin to US$ floating rate long-term obligation - No activity in gold market required to settle Full exposure to rising gold prices on industry's largest production and reserves 8 (source)
  41. Council of Baltimore (1884) devoted very careful consideration to the subject of elementary schools and decreed in explicit terms the obligation of establishing a parochial school in every parish within two years of the promulgation of the decree, except where the bishop, on account of serious difficulties in the way (ob graviores difficultates) judges that a delay may be granted ( "Acta et Decreta", (source)
  42. I work in the sales at extreme fitness, and I would love to share some insight into this $8 promotion. the'$8 / month no long term obligation no excuses 'membership is a 2 month membership. no obligation to continue on past the 2 months, and no excuses to cancel providing you sign up for only the 2 months. at the time of signing up you can choose to either take the 2 month promotion, or sign up for a full 12 months. (source)
  43. (ii) the total amount of the expenditures by the Corporation and obligations incurred by the Corporation (including any immediate and long-term obligation of the Corporation and any direct or contingent liability for future payment by the Corporation) in connection with the exercise of any such authority with respect to such institution is the least costly to the deposit insurance fund of all possible methods for meeting the Corporation's obligation under this section. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 44.0, which suggests that "obligation" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 39 synonyms for obligation.

IOU, accountability, accountableness, agreement, bond, burden, business, call, cause, charge, chit, commitment, committal, compulsion, conscience, constraint, contract, debit, debt, devoir, due bill, dues, duty, engagement, liability, must, necessity, need, occasion, onus, ought, part, place, promise, requirement, restraint, right, trust, understanding


We have 7 antonyms for obligation.

asset, disagreement, disbelief, freedom, irresponsibility, misunderstanding, unemployment


Pronunciation: (ŏbˌlĭ-gāˈshən)

Syllabification: ob-li-ga-tion


View up to 25 definitions of obligation from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (noun) The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie.
  2. (noun) A social, legal, or moral requirement, such as a duty, contract, or promise that compels one to follow or avoid a particular course of action.
  3. (noun) A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which one is bound or restricted.
  4. (noun) The constraining power of a promise, contract, law, or sense of duty.
  5. (noun) Law A legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action, especially if the agreement also specifies a penalty for failure to comply.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (noun) The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie to someone.
  2. (noun) A social, legal, or moral requirement, duty, contract, or promise that compels someone to follow or avoid a particular course of action.
  3. (noun) A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which someone is bound or restricted.
  4. (noun) A legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action; the document containing such agreement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) The act of obligating.
  2. (noun) That which obligates or constrains; the binding power of a promise, contract, oath, or vow, or of law; that which constitutes legal or moral duty.
  3. (noun) Any act by which a person becomes bound to do something to or for another, or to forbear something; external duties imposed by law, promise, or contract, by the relations of society, or by courtesy, kindness, etc.
  4. (noun) The state of being obligated or bound; the state of being indebted for an act of favor or kindness; -- often used with under to indicate being in that state.
  5. (noun) A bond with a condition annexed, and a penalty for nonfulfillment. In a larger sense, it is an acknowledgment of a duty to pay a certain sum or do a certain things.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (noun) The constraining power or authoritative character of a duty, a moral precept, a civil law, or a promise or contract voluntarily made; action upon the will by a sense of moral constraint.
  2. (noun) That to which one is bound; that which one is bound or obliged to do, especially by moral or legal claims; a duty.
  3. (noun) A claim; a ground of demanding.
  4. (noun) The state or fact of being bound or morally constrained by gratitude to requite benefits; moral indebtedness.
  5. (noun) In law: A bond containing a penalty, with a condition annexed, for payment of money, performance of covenants, or the like: sometimes styled a writing obligatory. By some modern English jurists the word is used as equivalent to legal duty generally.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
  2. (noun) the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
  3. (noun) a written promise to repay a debt
  4. (noun) a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply
  5. (noun) the state of being obligated to do or pay something