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  1. [noun] the social force that binds you to your obligations and the courses of action demanded by that force; "we must instill a sense of duty in our children"; "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr
    Synonyms: duty, responsibility

  2. [noun] the state of being obligated to do or pay something; "he is under an obligation to finish the job"

  3. [noun] a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor

  4. [noun] a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply


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