(Latin: tie, bind)
2. A social, legal, or moral requirement; such as, a duty, contract, or promise that compels one to follow or avoid a particular course of action.
3. A course of action imposed by society, the law, or one's conscience by which a person is bound or restricted.
4. The constraining power of a promise, contract, law, or sense of duty.
5. In law, a legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action; especially, if the agreement also specifies a penalty for failure to comply and the document containing the terms of such an agreement.
6. Something owed as payment or in return for a special service or favor for which one is indebted to another.
7. The state, fact, or feeling of being indebted to another for a special service or favor received.
8. Etymology: from Old French obligation (1235), from Laton obligationem, obligatio, "an engaging" or pledging"; literally, "a binding" (but rarely used in this sense), noun of action from obligare.
The meaning is of "binding with promises" or "by law" or "duty". Oblige, with which it is usually confused, means "to do one a favor".
2. A reference to a moral or legal accountability to fulfil a requirement: Margaret had the obligatory responsibility to take her daughter to the dentist.
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2. To bind morally or legally, as by a promise or contract.
3. To place under a debt of gratitude for some benefit, favor, or service.
4. Etymology: "to bind by oath", from Old French obligier, from Latin obligare, from ob-, "to" + ligare, "to bind".
Main modern meaning "to make (someone) indebted by conferring a benefit or kindness" is from 1567; be obliged, "be bound by ties of gratitude" is from 1548. Obliging, "willing to do service or favors" is from 1632.
2. A sudden recovery or improvement after a setback, crisis, or period of illness, inactivity, or deterioration.
3. A regrouping of a disorganized military force and the reestablishment of command over it, or the signal calling for this.
4. Etymology: "bring together", 1603, from French rallier; from Old French ralier, "reassemble, unite again"; from re-, "again" + alier, "unite".
2. The tendency of a measuring system, test, or observation to be resistant to failure: In the past years, studies have shown that there has been no reliability of it snowing around Christmas time, like it did a decade ago.
The washing machine was totally reliable and had never broken down!
2. Able to be trusted, to be accurate, and to provide correct information: The reports and facts given in the newspaper were always precise, true, and unfailingly reliable.
2. Referring to something or someone that can be trusted or believed because of working or behaving well in the way one would expect: The dishwasher was always reliably efficient and never broke down.
2. Trust or confidence in the eventual fulfillment of a promise or in the eventual success of a plan.
3. Someone or something needed or depended on.
2. Having or exhibiting reliance; dependent: "She was reliant on medication so she could sleep."
2. To have faith, trust, or confidence in a person or something.