Synonyms of obligation
1 dutyDictionary • Students usually feel an obligation to attend lectures.
pressure • He may be putting pressure on her to agree.
compulsion • Students learn more when they are in classes out of choice rather than compulsion.
2 taskDictionary • I feel that's my obligation, to do whatever is possible.
task • He had the unenviable task of breaking the bad news.
job • Their main job is to preserve health rather than treat illness.
duty • My duty is to look after the animals.
work • What kind of work do you do?
calling • He was a serious man, dedicated to his calling as a physician.
business • Parenting can be a stressful business.
role • His role in the events has been pivotal.
function • The main function of merchant banks is to raise capital.
mission • He viewed his mission in life as protecting the weak from evil.
province • Industrial research is the province of the Department of Trade and Industry.
assignment • The course involves written assignments and practical tests.
chore • I find gardening a real chore.
3 responsibilityDictionary • I have an ethical and moral obligation to my client.
responsibility • The 600 properties were his responsibility.
liability • They admit liability, but dispute the amount of his claim.
accountability • an impetus towards democracy and greater accountability
culpability • He added there was clear culpability on the part of the government.
4 contractDictionary • The companies failed to meet their obligation to plant new trees.
contract • The company won a prestigious contract for work on the building.
promise • If you make a promise, you should keep it.
agreement • a new defence agreement
understanding • We had not set a date but there was an understanding between us.
bond • I'm not about to betray my bond with my brother.
debt • He is still paying off his debts.
commitment • I've got too many commitments to take on anything more right now.
PHRASES:▷ under an obligation
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accountabilityIf you are accountable to someone for something that you do, you are responsible for it and must be prepared to justify your actions to that person. (noun)
• an impetus towards democracy and greater accountability
agreementAn agreement is a formal decision about future action which is made by two or more countries, groups, or people.
• a new defence agreement
assignmentAn assignment is a task or piece of work that you are given to do, especially as part of your job or studies.
• The course involves written assignments and practical tests.
Thesaurus for obligation from the Collins English Thesaurus
a moral or legal requirement; duty