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What is an obligation?

What is an obligation? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie to someone.
  2. A social, legal, or moral requirement, duty, contract, or promise that compels someone to follow or avoid a particular course of action.
  3. A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which someone is bound or restricted.
  4. (law) A legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action; the document containing such agreement.
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Kino is a young pearl diver who feels his obligation to his family very strongly.
And I believe that our first obligation is to pay our debts off before we do anything else.
Nothing kept me there, no true obligation or familial ties, not since my mom died.
Journalists have one thing in common with historians, a residual obligation to truth.
We ask of government to live up to its moral and legal obligation to efficiently and effectively deliver basic social services.
The judge has no interest in the result and has sworn or affirmed an obligation to give justice according to law.

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