obligation

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obligation,

n an assumed or assigned duty imposed by promise, law, contract, or society; the binding power of a vow, promise, oath, or contract.
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If men of this disposition are as careful to shun applause, as others are to escape censure, how just must be your apprehension of your character falling into my hands; since what would not a man have reason to dread, if attacked by an author who had received from him injuries equal to my obligations to you!
I wrote back, warmly acknowledging my obligations to his kindness, and apologising for not expressing my thanks personally, in consequence of my immediate recall on pressing business to town.
You have more than balanced your obligations to him and from what he told me I feel that you especially should not remain here longer.
He chafed under the obligation she had put upon him, but no less did he acknowledge it and as he watched the two, the rueful expression upon his face was lightened by a smile as he thought of the helplessness of them.
To console Pierre for these losses the head steward gave him an estimate showing that despite these losses his income would not be diminished but would even be increased if he refused to pay his wife's debts which he was under no obligation to meet, and did not rebuild his Moscow house and the country house on his Moscow estate, which had cost him eighty thousand rubles a year and brought in nothing.
the scientific conscience had got into the debasing company of money obligation and selfish respects.
It belonged to the generosity as well as defiant force of his nature that he resolved not to shrink from showing to the full his sense of obligation to Bulstrode.
And above all things, a prince ought to live amongst his people in such a way that no unexpected circumstances, whether of good or evil, shall make him change; because if the necessity for this comes in troubled times, you are too late for harsh measures; and mild ones will not help you, for they will be considered as forced from you, and no one will be under any obligation to you for them.
The proposed Constitution, therefore, has not in the least extended the obligation of treaties.
As a result of the recent deteriorating market conditions for debt obligations, the IRS has indicated that it will not regard specific debt obligations as applicable high-yield discount obligations (AHYDO) for purposes of Secs.
If the tenant delivers vacant possession of the space to the landlord, then these individuals are personally off the hook, except to the extent of their obligations through the date of delivery of possession.
There must be a footnote disclosure in the financial statements of the following: description of the other post-employment benefits provided; employee groups covered; eligibility requirements; and the employer and participant obligations to contribute, quantified in some manner.