One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I have an obligation to look after her’
duty, commitment, responsibility, moral imperative
function, task, job, chore, assignment, commission, business, burden, charge, onus, liability, accountability, requirement, debt, engagement
2‘she took him in solely out of a sense of obligation’
duty, compulsion, indebtedness, duress, necessity, pressure, constraint
3‘the company's export obligations’
contract, agreement, deed, covenant, bond, treaty, deal, pact, compact, understanding, transaction
‘she didn't want to be under an obligation to him’
owing someone a favour, obliged, beholden, in someone's debt, indebted, obligated, owing someone a debt of gratitude, duty-bound, honour-bound, grateful, owing someone thanks
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