Obligation


Obligation

An obligation is a requirement to take some course of action, whether legal or moral. There are also obligations in other normative contexts, such as obligations of etiquette, social obligations, and possibly in terms of politics, where obligations are requirements which must be fulfilled. These are generally legal obligations, which can incur a penalty for unfulfilment, although certain people are obliged to carry out certain actions for other reasons as well, whether as a tradition or for social reasons. Obligations vary from person to person: for example, a person holding a political office will generally have far more obligations than an average adult citizen, who themselves will have more obligations than a child.[citation needed] Obligations are generally granted in return for an increase in an individual’s rights or power.

The word "obligation" can also designate a written obligation, or such things as bank notes, coins, checks, bonds, stamps, or securities.

Other uses

The term obligate can also be used in a biological context, in reference to species which must occupy a certain niche or behave in a certain way in order to survive. In biology, the opposite of obligate is facultative, meaning that a species is able to behave in a certain way and may do so under certain circumstances, but that it can also survive without having to behave this way. For example, species of salamanders in the family Proteidae are obligate paedomorphs, whereas species belonging to the Ambystomatidae are facultative paedomorphs.

In the Catholic Church, Holy Days of Obligation or Holidays of Obligation, less commonly called Feasts of Precept, are the days on which, as canon 1247 of the Code of Canon Law states, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass.

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  • Obligation — Obligation …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • obligation — [ ɔbligasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1235; lat. jurid. obligatio, de obligare 1 ♦ Dr. Lien de droit en vertu duquel une personne peut être contrainte de donner, de faire ou de ne pas faire qqch. (⇒ créancier, 1. débiteur). Obligation alimentaire. (lat. in… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • obligation — ob·li·ga·tion /ˌä blə gā shən/ n 1: a promise, acknowledgment, or agreement (as a contract) that binds one to a specific performance (as payment); also: the binding power of such an agreement or indication held that the amendment did not… …   Law dictionary

  • Obligation — • Defined in the Institutes of Justinian as a legal bond which by a legal necessity binds us to do something according to the laws of our State Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Obligation     Obligation …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • obligation — Obligation. s. f. Acte public par lequel on s oblige pardevant Notaire de payer certaine somme. Une obligation de dix mille francs. la nouvelle Ordonnance deffend l obligation par corps. obligation solidaire &c. il m en a passé obligation… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • obligation — Obligation, f. acut. Obligatio, Tabulae. Obligation de comparoir en justice, Vadimonium. Une solennité d obligation, ou alienation où il failloit entre autres choses cinq tesmoins, Nexus, siue Nexum. Avoir quelque obligation envers autruy sous… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Obligation — Ob li*ga tion, n. [F. obligation. L. obligatio. See {Oblige}.] 1. The act of obligating. [1913 Webster] 2. That which obligates or constrains; the binding power of a promise, contract, oath, or vow, or of law; that which constitutes legal or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obligation — 1 Obligation, duty are comparable when they denote what a person is bound to do or refrain from doing or for the performañce or nonperformance of which he is held responsible. In ordinary usage obligation typically implies immediate constraint… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Obligation — (von lateinisch obligare anbinden, verpflichten) steht für: Obligation (Recht), die Haftung einer Person für ein Schuldverhältnis beziehungsweise das Schuldverhältnis als solches Wirtschaft und Finanzen: verzinsliches Wertpapier, eine… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • obligation — (n.) c.1300, from O.Fr. obligation (early 13c.), from L. obligationem (nom. obligatio) an engaging or pledging, lit. a binding (but rarely used in this sense), noun of action from pp. stem of obligare (see OBLIGE (Cf. oblige)). The notion is of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • obligation — [äb΄li gā′shən] n. [ME obligacioun < OFr obligation < L obligatio] 1. an obligating or being obligated 2. a binding contract, promise, moral responsibility, etc. 3. a duty imposed legally or socially; thing that one is bound to do by… …   English World dictionary


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