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She feels that helping him is her obligation.
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obligation obligations
Strongly Associated with:   obligate, obligatory
Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb obligate to a noun.
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  • She feels that helping him is her obligation.
  • I have a family obligation Saturday afternoon.
  • Paid his obligations, didn’t he?
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • If you really owe your dress-maker, I will settle with her—beyond that I recognize no obligation to assume your debts.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth

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  • Obligation is more than a claim imposed on us; it is a personal sense of indebtedness.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • He gave notes, took up ruinous obligations, dealt with usurers and all the race of lenders.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • Now he who confers a favor is the firmer friend, because he would rather by kindness keep alive the memory of an obligation; but the recipient is colder in his feelings, because he knows that in requiting another’s generosity he will not be winning gratitude but only paying a debt.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • I’ve put in time with all the other girls, so my obligations are over.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • At the same time, Mary-Kate had significantly reduced her responsibilities at the sorority—other than attending mandatory meetings, Sophia was for the most part exempt from sisterly obligations.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I’d always sensed that my maids had a deep devotion to Maxon, but tonight I felt like it went beyond the typical obligation.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One

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  • I have no right to ask her, and she isn’t under any obligation to tell me.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • "I have an obligation," he’s saying.
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • "Destiny" sounded like an obligation, and if I was to be thrust into battle against a legion of nightmare creatures, that had to be my choice.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Because the case was now pending on direct appeal, the State had no obligation to let us see those records and files.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • For me, it was the heady time of adolescence that unmasked and clarified my sense of obligations, so much so that I now view that period as the true beginning of "my life."
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I am simply requiring you to fulfill your contractual obligations.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Typical episode begins with the last important thing remembered: names of significant persons, unfulfilled obligations, etc.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • With John to help with the planting and Mercy still sharing the work of the household, there was no obligation now to hold Kit to the tasks she hated.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • And whether he admitted it or not, Dorian had his own obligations to fulfill.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Obligation.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • You had an obligation to tell me!
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • If the government thinks Roger hasn’t lived up to his legal obligations or has run afoul of some regulation they come after him.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • And Al looked proud that he could return the family’s obligation.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Particularly after September 11, 2001, he felt that it was his obligation to defend and possibly even die for the country that was his new home.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Her uncle seems almost a child, monastic in the modesty of his needs and wholly independent of any sort of temporal obligations.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Even when she’s mad at me, she’s the only person who’s ever really looked out for me by choice, not because of family obligation and duty and responsibility and all the other stuff that The Book of Shhh says is so important.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Too many obligations.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Sedgwick had fulfilled his obligations as administrative head with a mercurial visit to the island at the end of November.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Men with wives and sisters felt this obligation a good deal more seriously, filling their letters with references to protecting "the fair daughters of my own native state …. from Yankee outrage and atrocity," from the "varlet’s tread," the "fiendish vandals" and "despoiler of Southern homes," shielding "the loved ones who call upon me to defend their homes from pillage."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • You must fulfill your obligation for inconveniencing her.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • I said, "Why do you think I have obligations to you?
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • I remark upon all this only to give an idea of Jack’s exceptional allure as a person, and to explain why I jumped at his invitation at the cost of neglecting my obligations in regard to Nathan and Sophie.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Responsibilities have fallen away from them, obligations, old hates and grievances; now for a short while they can play again like children, but this time without the pain.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • If I was to be given that information, I could pursue my obligations with greater speed.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • But it would depend also upon a number of other things—what is the risk to yourself, and what are your other obligations?
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • After the day’s excursion, the boat would take off again, slowly down the river, and the afternoon would stretch out without a plan or obligation.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Welty had no obligation to put his foot in but he was an affectionate man, without family, and he liked children.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • No conflicting obligations.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • They both had obligations that evening —his paperwork, her spell casting—but she hoped to talk him into a ride after work the next day, maybe a casual dinner out, then a cozy night in, at his place.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • The demands, the obligations she saddles you with.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • It is not the children who are unmindful of their obligations toward this ministry.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Empty of any emotional obligation, but nonthreatening.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • This circle carries only two obligations—honesty and respect.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • I am not sure I can live this life of obligation any longer.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • There were obligations, as well as the looming threat that she might be pressured into marrying someone she didn’t love.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • There was an itch to leave then, but also a peculiar obligation to stay.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • I exact no promises and impose no obligations on you.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Like all other ties, it brought along with it its obligations.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "Surely you must feel some obligation, for the sake of history…" Mother says, and I shoot her a look to let it go.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
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Associated words [difficulty]:   obligation [1] , obligate [3] , obligatory [4] , obliged [1] , oblige [2] , obligate [3] , obligatory [4] , obliging [4]
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