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a. 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: Are you able to meet your obligations? I have an obligation to attend their wedding.
b. The constraining power of a promise, contract, law, or sense of duty: I felt no obligation to offer my advice.
c. Law A document in which a person binds himself or herself to undertake or refrain from doing a particular act.
d. A debt instrument, such as a loan, mortgage, or bond.
2. The state, fact, or feeling of being indebted to another for a special service or favor received: If they invite us, aren't we under obligation to invite them in return?

ob′li·ga′tion·al adj.
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Adj.1.obligational - relating or constituting or qualified to create a legal or financial obligation; "obligational authority"
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Another allegation is that Abaya won't be able to sign the contract unless the Department of Budget and Management issues a multi-year obligational authority, which is required before the DOTC can enter into a contract that involves a multi-year long project, Rodriguez added.
Calculations based on Department of Defense (DOD) Comptroller, National Defense Budget Estimates for FY2014 (Green Book) (Washington, DC: DOD, May 2013), table 6-1, recording changes in Total Obligational Authority from fiscal years 1948 to 2013.
Government's control on universities, schools and other organizations must be eliminated towards guaranteeing human freedoms and must not be obligational, because any kind of obligations in official system is in conflict with cultural and political development.
His topics include obligational situation, imperative-normative argumentation, Jerzy Sztykgold's 1936 "Negation of a Norm," Maria Ossowska's 1947 "Evaluations of Norms,", and Jan Wolenski's 1983 "Semantics of Norms.
To reach this conclusion, this article demonstrates that the obligational restitutionary approach is fundamentally flawed because it fails to address properly the distinction between restitution and unjust enrichment.
The ECI used in the current study focused on the volitional "wanting to" rather than the obligational "having to" aspects of commitment.
Categories: Appropriations Decision, Budget obligations, Contract authority, Contracts, Federal procurement, Multiyear contracts, Real estate leases, Real property, Total obligational authority
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