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Obligation

A legal responsibility, such as to repay a debt.

Obligation

Any requirement, especially a legal one. For example, one may have a legal obligation to disclose one's investments to the SEC. Likewise, one has an obligation to repay debts by the agreed-upon time. On the other hand, one has an ethical obligation to deal fairly with one's clients, even if the obligation is not legally enforceable.
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Othman said the best military system is to follow voluntary military service rather than obligatory, adding people are free and it is not fair to oblige to serve in the military.
So the argument that research participation is obligatory partly rests on a utilitarian assumption: if more people volunteered for research, there would be more discoveries, leading to greater social benefits.
In this regard, the hike of the obligatory level is an appropriate measure, especially because it includes an incentive for solar power, a field in which technological innovation can be expected.
However, the obligatory myiases caused by more invasive species, like screwworms, may be fatal (2).
The hearty Texas GOP leaders met again in 2002, and, even though they issued a seemingly obligatory resolution commending Mr.
was trying to impose a secular government in Afghanistan, hence the present government and its defenders were not Muslim and a jihad has become obligatory against the U.
We're told where to live, how to dress, and our sexuality is shaped by our tradition of obligatory celibacy.
Each chef imparts a distinct use of the herb, and reaffirms that this 'green' is all too often overlooked as an ingredient and over-employed as an obligatory, yet minor accessory on the plate.
It has been identified as the ur-text of African American autobiography, and an almost obligatory point of reference for the study of American autobiographical traditions in general.
When the boys' father was away on a trip, I felt responsible for the obligatory evening walk.
And with the advent of the Internet and the availability of stock market data online, the annual report can also go online and be more than the obligatory letter from the president and the required financial statements.
Much research has targeted the relationship between eating disorders and obligatory exercise in elite sport populations, but little has been done in the area of student populations.