• WordNet 3.6
    • adj obliging showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others "to close one's eyes like a complaisant husband whose wife has taken a lover","the obliging waiter was in no hurry for us to leave"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Obliging Horseman Obliging Horseman
"No, mom; much obliged jest the same." "No, mom; much obliged jest the same."
He was obliged to send Beauty herself in his place He was obliged to send Beauty herself in his place

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to company lore, Ole Evinrude, a Norwegian immigrant, got the idea for an outboard motor while on a picnic with his sweetheart Bessie. They were on a small island in Lake Michigan, when Bessie decided she wanted some ice cream. Ole obligingly rowed to shore to get some, but by the time he made it back the ice cream had melted. So Ole built a motor that could be attached to his rowboat, and founded the Evinrude company in 1909.
    • a obliging Putting under obligation; disposed to oblige or do favors; hence, helpful; civil; kind. "Mons. Strozzi has many curiosities, and is very obliging to a stranger who desires the sight of them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obliging Having a disposition to oblige or confer favors; ready to do a good turn or to be of service: as, an obliging neighbor; hence, characteristic of one who is ready to do a favor; accommodating; kind; complaisant: as, an obliging disposition.
    • obliging Synonyms Friendly. See polite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Obliging disposed to confer favours: ready to do a good turn
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  • Earl Riney
    Earl Riney
    “Freedom without obligation is anarchy. Freedom without obligation is democracy.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “The sense of obligation to continue is present in all of us. A duty to strive is the duty of us all. I felt a call to that duty.”
  • George Meredith
    “Possession without obligation to the object possessed approaches felicity.”
  • John D. Rockefeller
    “Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.”
  • Stewart Brand
    Stewart Brand
    “When a fantasy turns you on, you're obligated to God and nature to start doing it right away.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. obligāre, -ātumob, before, ligāre, to bind.


In literature:

Roving from place to place, as I am obliged to do, though I make many acquaintances, I keep but few friends.
"After Dark" by Wilkie Collins
Emily was obliged to help her, by means of questions.
"I Say No" by Wilkie Collins
His temper might get the better of him; he might make it so unpleasant for you that you would be obliged to go.
"Little Novels" by Wilkie Collins
He is obliged to go to places where he must spend a little, or he makes no progress.
"New Grub Street" by George Gissing
Michael was obliged to content himself with what had been rejected by others.
"Michael Strogoff" by Jules Verne
His kind wife and dear children rivalled him in willingness to oblige.
"Visit to Iceland and the Scandinavian North" by Ida Pfeiffer
And I was obliged to refuse it because, as I told you, the taste of brandy always turns me sick and faint, mix it how you please.
"Armadale" by Wilkie Collins
The state of his wife's health had obliged him (acting under medical advice) to try the influence of her native air.
"The Legacy of Cain" by Wilkie Collins
At last he was obliged to stop short.
"In Search of the Castaways" by Jules Verne
This obliges me to speak further on some points of detail.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
She should not be obliged, like Rosie Fay, for instance, to carry her load alone.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
But her obliging disposition made her seem to understand when she did not, and did duty for intelligence.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
She is obliged to by law.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
A slight shower falling soon after, obliged them to return to the house.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet
Another thing, I was too much in solitude, and consequently was obliged to be in continual burning of thought, as an only resource.
"Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends" by John Keats
A wife is obliged to live with her husband and to follow him wherever he determines it proper to reside.
"Marriage and Divorce Laws of the World" by Hyacinthe Ringrose
They were obliged to follow it, searching for a gap.
"Bevis" by Richard Jefferies
Now, the widow Preston was so obliging, active, and good-humoured, that every one who came to see her was pleased.
"The Parent's Assistant" by Maria Edgeworth
We are not somewhat obligated, almost obligated; we are either wholly obligated, or not at all.
"Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good" by Victor Cousin
I shall not be your debtor long, and I shall be obliged to you while I live.
"Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Travels, Vol. I (of 2)" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In poetry:

By obligations bound
Intemperance to shun,
Oh, may we constantly be found
The enemies of rum;
"Ode. "In bonds of friendship sweet"" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Lord S.
It will oblige me, child. Do what you can.
Just go and order everything you want.
I will go with you. Ring the bell, my love;
I have a reason for my haste. We'll have
The horses to at once. Come, Gertrude, dear.
"Within and Without: Part IV: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
'Twas there then in civil respect to harsh laws,
And for want of false witness to back a bad cause,
A Norman, though late, was obliged to appear,
And who to assist but a grave cordelier?
Derry down, down, hey derry down.
"The Thief And Cordelier. A Ballad" by Matthew Prior
He values no distinction, as profest
By way of separation from the rest;
Oblig'd in duty, and inclin'd by choice,
In all the good of any to rejoice;
From ev'ry evil, falsehood, or mistake,
To wish them free, for common comfort's sake.
"On Church Communion - Part IV." by John Byrom
"If you have really finished -? "she began, as politely as she could.
"Nohow. And thank you very much for asking," said TWEEDLEDUM.
"So much obliged," added TWEEDLEDEE. "There are four more verses."
He smiled gently, and began again: -
"Avenged!" by P G Wodehouse
Then Jack laid the sovereign down on the table before Mr Brooksby;
But Mr Brooksby said, No! my lad, I freely give it to thee;
Then Jack said, Oh, sir, I'm obliged to you I'm sure,
Because, sir, this money will help my mother, for she is poor.
"Jack Honest, or the Widow and Her Son" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Will UN – or NATO – oblige .
Oil and natural gas companies reluctantly oblige new EPA requirements.
Italy's Berlusconi: I'm " obliged " to stay in politics.
If Congress passes some questionable laws, are we obliged to obey them.
I am obligated to the safety of the public, staff and inmates incarcerated at the Franklin County Jail.
Law school not obliged to recognize Christian group.
A California law school is under no constitutional obligation to grant the Christian Legal Society status as an official student group, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
County obliged to trust voters.
The primaries are the biggest story happening that day and you feel kind of obligated to do something on them.
That A/V setup could use a few curves BDI is ready to oblige, with its new Ola 8137 home theater cabinet.
Fido wants to play, so you oblige by taking her for a walk.
A group of Panama 's bank creditors met in New York on Tuesday and chose a strategy of not taking any action when Panama fails to meet its debt obligations.
The Nets are now 71/2 games out of a playoff spot, seemingly lottery-bound for a fourth straight season, as the Celtics obliged in digging the hole deeper Friday night.
Now changes to accounting rules could compound the problem, if techniques to smooth volatility in pension obligations are eliminated, as some have threatened.
Fannie Mae agreed to pay Bank of America Corp about 20 percent more than it was contractually obligated to last year in order to transfer the servicing of troubled loans to another firm, a report by a watchdog found.

In science:

In accordance with the author’s obligations as a staff member, La Trobe University’s Manager for Research Development and Research Services has been informed the authors work.
The Exact General Solution of Painlev\'e's Sixth Equation (PVI) and The Exact General Solution of the Navier Stokes Equations with Applications to Boundary Layer Problems
Furthermore, SE philosophy of science is obliged to interpret itself as a meta-discipline, seeking to clarify what the aims and methods of science are, but not in any way affecting science itself.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
The construction of S guarantees agreement with the “happens before” order of operations on O in H , and so the proof obligation for linearizability is only to show that S is valid for O .
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
In the second general proof technique, the operations in a history H are first ordered somehow into a valid sequence S , and the proof obligation is to show that S is consistent with the “happens before” order of H .
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
Refinement also brings with it additional proof obligations – requiring a developer to discover properties relating to their design decisions.
Discovery of Invariants through Automated Theory Formation
This benefit comes with proof obligations (POs) – the task of proving the correctness of each refinement step.
Discovery of Invariants through Automated Theory Formation
Discharging such proof obligations typically requires a developer to supply properties – properties that relate to their design decisions.
Discovery of Invariants through Automated Theory Formation
Ideally automation should be provided to support the discovery of such properties, allowing the developer to focus on design decisions rather than analysing failed proof obligations.
Discovery of Invariants through Automated Theory Formation
Study results.) There are data which allow supposing that obligate kPAMP in psoriasis is PG (including PG-Y) (Baker 2006a, Baker 2006b). PAMP-nemia and endotoxinemia have the same cause. The cause is combined action of SP1 and SP2.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
The detailed information of each obligation element is as follows: 1.
Cloud and the City: Facilitating Flexible Access Control over Data Streams
Filter: consists of a string attribute with attribute ID: exacml:obligation:streamfilter-condition-id.
Cloud and the City: Facilitating Flexible Access Control over Data Streams
Map: consists of a set of string attributes with ID: exacml:obligation:streammap-attribute-id.
Cloud and the City: Facilitating Flexible Access Control over Data Streams
Window-Based Aggregation: consists a number of attributes: - Window type: string attribute with attribute id: exacml:obligation:streamwindow-type-id.
Cloud and the City: Facilitating Flexible Access Control over Data Streams
It specifies if the window size is based on number of tuples or number of time unit. - Window size: integer attribute with attribute id: exacml:obligation:streamwindow-size-id.
Cloud and the City: Facilitating Flexible Access Control over Data Streams
Analyzing goal semantics for rights, permissions, and obligations.
On the Semantics of Purpose Requirements in Privacy Policies