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Duty vs. Obligation

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Main Difference

The main difference between Duty and Obligation is that the Duty is a term that conveys a sense of moral commitment or obligation to someone or something and Obligation is a course of action that someone is required to take, whether legal or moral.

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  • Duty (noun)

    That which one is morally or legally obligated to do.

    "We don't have a duty to keep you here."

  • Duty (noun)

    A period of time spent at work or doing a particular task.

    "I’m on duty from 6 pm to 6 am."

  • Duty (noun)

    Describing a workload as to its idle, working and de-energized periods.

  • Duty (noun)

    A tax placed on imports or exports; a tariff.

    "customs duty; excise duty"

  • Duty (noun)

    One's due, something one is owed; a debt or fee.

  • Duty (noun)

    Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage.

  • Duty (noun)

    The efficiency of an engine, especially a steam pumping engine, as measured by work done by a certain quantity of fuel; usually, the number of pounds of water lifted one foot by one bushel of coal (94 lbs. old standard), or by 1 cwt. (112 lbs., England, or 100 lbs., United States).

  • Obligation (noun)

    The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie to someone.

  • Obligation (noun)

    A social, legal, or moral requirement, duty, contract, or promise that compels someone to follow or avoid a particular course of action.

  • Obligation (noun)

    A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which someone is bound or restricted.

  • Obligation (noun)

    A legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action; the document containing such agreement.

    "X shall be entitled to subcontract its obligation to provide the Support Services. <>"

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  • Duty (noun)

    That which is due; payment.

  • Duty (noun)

    That which a person is bound by moral obligation to do, or refrain from doing; that which one ought to do; service morally obligatory.

  • Duty (noun)

    Hence, any assigned service or business; as, the duties of a policeman, or a soldier; to be on duty.

  • Duty (noun)

    Specifically, obedience or submission due to parents and superiors.

  • Duty (noun)

    Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage.

  • Duty (noun)

    The efficiency of an engine, especially a steam pumping engine, as measured by work done by a certain quantity of fuel; usually, the number of pounds of water lifted one foot by one bushel of coal (94 lbs. old standard), or by 1 cwt. (112 lbs., England, or 100 lbs., United States).

  • Duty (noun)

    Tax, toll, impost, or customs; excise; any sum of money required by government to be paid on the importation, exportation, or consumption of goods.

  • Obligation (noun)

    The act of obligating.

  • Obligation (noun)

    That which obligates or constrains; the binding power of a promise, contract, oath, or vow, or of law; that which constitutes legal or moral duty.

  • Obligation (noun)

    Any act by which a person becomes bound to do something to or for another, or to forbear something; external duties imposed by law, promise, or contract, by the relations of society, or by courtesy, kindness, etc.

  • Obligation (noun)

    The state of being obligated or bound; the state of being indebted for an act of favor or kindness; - often used with under to indicate being in that state; as, to place others under obligations to one.

  • Obligation (noun)

    A bond with a condition annexed, and a penalty for nonfulfillment. In a larger sense, it is an acknowledgment of a duty to pay a certain sum or do a certain things.

Webster Dictionary
  • Duty (noun)

    work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons;

    "the duties of the job"

  • Duty (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"

  • Duty (noun)

    a government tax on imports or exports;

    "they signed a treaty to lower duties on trade between their countries"

  • Obligation (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"

  • Obligation (noun)

    the state of being obligated to do or pay something;

    "he is under an obligation to finish the job"

  • Obligation (noun)

    a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor

  • Obligation (noun)

    a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply

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