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{adj: agreed upon, stipulatory} constituted or contracted by stipulation or agreement
"stipulatory obligations"

{adj: beholden} under a moral obligation to someone

{adj: contractual} relating to or part of a binding legal agreement
"contractual obligations"

{adj: duty-bound, obliged} under a moral obligation to do something

{adj: exempt} (of persons) freed from or not subject to an obligation or liability (as e.g. taxes) to which others or other things are subject
"a beauty somehow exempt from the aging process"
"exempt from jury duty"
"only the very poorest citizens should be exempt from income taxes"
<-> nonexempt

{adj: failed, failing} unable to meet financial obligations
"a failing business venture"

{adj: fungible} of goods or commodities; freely exchangeable for or replaceable by another of like nature or kind in the satisfaction of an obligation

{adj: indebted} under a legal obligation to someone

{adj: insolvent} unable to meet or discharge financial obligations
"an insolvent person"
"an insolvent estate"
<-> solvent

{adj: interest-bearing} of financial obligations on which interest is paid

{adj: jural, juristic} of or relating to law or to legal rights and obligations

{adj: moral} arising from the sense of right and wrong
"a moral obligation"

{adj: mortgaged} burdened with legal or financial obligations
"his house, his business, indeed, his whole life was heavily mortgaged"

{adj: nonexempt} (of persons) not exempt from an obligation or liability
<-> exempt

{adj: obligational} relating or constituting or qualified to create a legal or financial obligation
"obligational authority"

{adj: obligatory} required by obligation or compulsion or convention
"he made all the obligatory apologies"

{adj: off the hook} freed from danger or blame or obligation
"I let him off the hook with a mild reprimand"

{adj: solvent} capable of meeting financial obligations
<-> insolvent

{adj: trustworthy} taking responsibility for one's conduct and obligations
"trustworthy public servants"

{adj: unbeholden} free of moral obligation

{adj: unfaithful} not true to duty or obligation or promises
"an unfaithful lover"
<-> faithful

{adj: untrue} not true to an obligation or trust
"is untrue to his highest opportunity and duty"-Bruno Laske

{n: Solemnity of Mary, January 1} (Roman Catholic Church) a holy day of obligation

{n: Treasuries, Treasury obligations} negotiable debt obligations of the United States government secured by its full faith and credit

{n: Treasury bill, T-bill} a short-term obligation that is not interest-bearing (it is purchased at a discount); can be traded on a discount basis for 91 days

{n: acquittance, release} a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation

{n: amortization, amortisation} payment of an obligation in a series of installments or transfers

{n: bank failure} the inability of a bank to meet its credit obligations

{n: bargain, deal} an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each
"he made a bargain with the devil"
"he rose to prominence through a series of shady deals"

{n: breach} a failure to perform some promised act or obligation

{n: commercial paper} an unsecured and unregistered short-term obligation issued by an institutional borrower to investors who have temporarily idle cash

{n: commitment} an engagement by contract involving financial obligation
"his business commitments took him to London"

{n: consensus} agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole
"the lack of consensus reflected differences in theoretical positions"
"those rights and obligations are based on an unstated consensus"

{n: contract law} that branch of jurisprudence that studies the rights and obligations of parties entering into contracts

{n: creditor} a person to whom money is owed by a debtor; someone to whom an obligation exists
<-> debtor

{n: deadbeat dad} a father who defaults on his obligation to provide financial support for his offspring

{n: debtor, debitor} a person who owes a creditor; someone who has the obligation of paying a debt
<-> creditor

{n: debt} an obligation to pay or do something

{n: default, nonpayment, nonremittal} act of failing to meet a financial obligation

{n: defaulter, deadbeat} someone who fails to meet a financial obligation

{n: deontic logic} the modal logic of obligation and permissibility

{n: deposit} a payment given as a guarantee that an obligation will be met

{n: dispensation} an exemption from some rule or obligation

{n: document} a written account of ownership or obligation

{n: duty, responsibility, obligation} the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
"we must instill a sense of duty in our children"
"every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr

{n: exemption, freedom} immunity from an obligation or duty

{n: exoneration} the condition of being relieved from blame or obligation

{n: free lunch} something acquired without effort or payment or obligation
"there is no free lunch in politics or Hollywood"

{n: fungible} a commodity that is freely interchangeable with another in satisfying an obligation

{n: gratuity} an award (as for meritorious service) given without claim or obligation

{n: grievance} an allegation that something imposes an illegal obligation or denies some legal right or causes injustice

{n: holy day of obligation} a day when Catholics must attend Mass and refrain from servile work, and Episcopalians must take Communion

{n: indebtedness, liability, financial obligation} an obligation to pay money to another party

{n: lien} the right to take another's property if an obligation is not discharged

{n: loophole} an ambiguity (especially one in the text of a law or contract) that makes it possible to evade a difficulty or obligation

{n: maturity, maturity date, due date} the date on which a financial obligation must be repaid

{n: moral obligation} an obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong
"he did it out of a feeling of moral obligation"

{n: moratorium} a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged

{n: noblesse oblige} the obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically)

{n: nonfeasance} a failure to act when under an obligation to do so; a refusal (without sufficient excuse) to do that which it is your legal duty to do

{n: novation} (law) the replacement of one obligation by another by mutual agreement of both parties; usually the replacement of one of the original parties to a contract with the consent of the remaining party

{n: obligation, indebtedness} a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor

{n: obligation} a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply

{n: obligation} the state of being obligated to do or pay something
"he is under an obligation to finish the job"

{n: pillar of Islam} (Islam) one of the five religious obligations accepted by all Muslims

{n: quittance} a document or receipt certifying release from an obligation or debt

{n: rendering} giving in acknowledgment of obligation

{n: repayment, quittance} payment of a debt or obligation

{n: scot and lot} obligations of all kinds taken as a whole

{n: security interest} any interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation

{n: security, surety} a guarantee that an obligation will be met

{n: security, surety} property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation
"bankers are reluctant to lend without good security"

{n: sense of responsibility} an awareness of your obligations

{n: sheriff's sale, execution sale, judicial sale, forced sale} a sale of property by the sheriff under authority of a court's writ of execution in order satisfy and unpaid obligation

{n: solvency} the ability to meet maturing obligations as they come due
<-> insolvency

{n: subcontract} a contract assigning to another party some obligations of a prior contract

{n: sufficiency} sufficient resources to provide comfort and meet obligations
"her father questioned the young suitor's sufficiency"

{n: token payment} a small payment made in acknowledgement of an obligation

{n: trust deed, deed of trust} a written instrument legally conveying property to a trustee often used to secure an obligation such as a mortgage or promissory note

{n: weekend warrior} a reservist who fulfills the military obligation on weekends

{v: abdicate, renounce} give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
"The King abdicated when he married a divorcee"

{v: acknowledge, recognize, recognise} express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for
"We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us"

{v: appoint, charge} assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
"He was appointed deputy manager"
"She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance"

{v: chicken out, back off, pull out, back down, bow out} remove oneself from an obligation
"He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved"

{v: fail} fall short in what is expected
"She failed in her obligations as a good daughter-in-law"
"We must not fail his obligation to the victims of the Holocaust"

{v: free, discharge} free from obligations or duties

{v: novate} replace with something new, especially an old obligation by a new one

{v: obligate} commit in order to fulfill an obligation
"obligate money"

{v: oblige, bind, hold, obligate} bind by an obligation ; cause to be indebted
"He's held by a contract"
"I'll hold you by your promise"

{v: pay} discharge or settle
"pay a debt"
"pay an obligation"

{v: renege, renege on, renegue on, go back on} fail to fulfill a promise or obligation
"She backed out of her promise"

{v: sign, ratify} approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
"All parties ratified the peace treaty"
"Have you signed your contract yet?"

{v: take over, relieve} free someone temporarily from his or her obligations

{v: tie down} restrain from independence by an obligation
"He was tied down by his work"


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