obligated

It could be going to a baby shower, buying someone lunch, or turning in your research paper by Tuesday. If you have to do it — even if you'd rather not — then you’re obligated.

Obligated can mean that you have to do something because the law or the rules say that you do. For example, you’re obligated to pay your taxes by April 15. It can also mean that you just feel like you need to do something because it’s the right thing to do or because you feel like you owe someone. You’re obligated to go to your best friend’s birthday party, even though you’d rather be out with your new boyfriend.

Definitions of obligated
  1. adjective
    caused by law or conscience to follow a certain course
    “felt obligated to repay the kindness”
    “was obligated to pay off the student loan”
    Synonyms:
    beholden
    under a moral obligation to someone
    duty-bound, obliged
    under a moral obligation to do something
    indebted
    owing gratitude or recognition to another for help or favors etc
    indebted
    under a legal obligation to someone
    supposed
    required or under orders
    tributary
    paying tribute
    responsible
    worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable
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    Antonyms:
    unobligated
    not obligated
    unbeholden
    free of moral obligation
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