What is an obligation?

What is an obligation? Here are some definitions.

  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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For historical reasons, certain pieces of land are subject to an obligation to bear the cost of repairs to the chancel of the local church.
They are under no obligation to hand it to authorities because it contains no precious metals and is not considered treasure trove.
If she died before the settlement was rubber-stamped, the State would have had no legal obligation to honour the agreement.
They weren't happy about the payments but they never the less honoured their obligation to tour here.
Five years ago the federal government determined after correspondence with these people that we had no legal obligation.
Society has an obligation to ensure that all its members are able to belong.

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