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American English: /ˌɑbləˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/
British English: /ɒblɪˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/

Translation of obligation in Spanish:


  • 1 countable and uncountable (duty, requirement) moral/legal obligation
    obligación moral/legal
    family/professional obligations prevented me from attending
    compromisos (masculine plural) familiares/profesionales me impidieron asistir
    I feel/have an obligation to my parents
    me siento obligado/tengo una obligación para con mis padres
    obligation to + infinitive
    obligación de + infinitive
    we have an obligation to help them
    tenemos la obligación de ayudarlos
    there's no obligation to buy
    no hay obligación de comprar
    to be under an obligation (to + infinitive)it has placed me under an obligation to help her
    me ha puesto en el compromiso de tener que ayudarla
    I understand that I am under no obligation and may return it at any time
    entiendo que no contraigo ninguna obligación y puedo devolverlo en cualquier momento
    Example sentences
    • In the absence of any promise, agreement or obligation to make the payment when he acquired, took possession of or used the money, he had given no consideration within the meaning of the Act.
    • Thus, if the proper law of the payment obligation is country Y, its moratorium will be given effect.
    • The adjudicator's decision, although not finally determinative, may give rise to an immediate payment obligation.
    Example sentences
    • He then requires man to work hard, fulfill his duties and meet his obligations.
    • The activities of political participation and public deliberation, on this view, should not be seen as a burdensome obligation or duty, but rather as intrinsically rewarding.
    • But Miss Mountfield told the judges that the Returning Officer's duty extended beyond an obligation to ‘deliver to the deliverer’.
  • 2 countable (financial commitment) (Business) the firm was unable to meet its obligations
    la compañía no pudo hacer frente a sus compromisos
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