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1    a moral or legal requirement; duty  
2    the act of obligating or the state of being obligated  
3      (Law)   a legally enforceable agreement to perform some act, esp. to pay money, for the benefit of another party  
4      (Law)  
a    a written contract containing a penalty  
b    an instrument acknowledging indebtedness to secure the repayment of money borrowed  
5    a person or thing to which one is bound morally or legally  
6    something owed in return for a service or favour  
7    a service or favour for which one is indebted  
  obligational      adj  

holy day of obligation  
      n   a major feastday of the Roman Catholic Church on which Catholics are bound to attend Mass and refrain from servile work  
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1    accountability, accountableness, burden, charge, compulsion, culpability, duty, liability, must, onus, pigeon     (informal)   requirement, responsibility, trust  
2    agreement, bond, commitment, contract, debt, engagement, promise, understanding  
3    under an obligation      beholden, duty-bound, grateful, honour-bound, indebted, in (someone's) debt, obligated, obliged, owing a favour, thankful  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
1. the discharge or release of a person appearing in court of all criminal charges because they have been found not guilty. 2. a release from an obligation, duty, or debt.
legal E.g After the clear acquittal from the judge, he had to start his life all over again.
virtual electronic assets, value or obligations bequeathed to a person after its former owner's death
[Tech.];[US];[Internet] value or obligations in cyberspace transitable upon the death of an individual
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