Obligation: n. morally and/or legally expecting a human(s) to do a subset(s) frequently within duration


Responsibility: n. a subset(s) which is being controlled by a lifeform(s) and/or an obligation(s)


For example, an obligation originates out of a sense of duty or it results from obeying rules and/or custom and/or law.  Achieving a promise is an example of an obligation which is an example of a social custom.


An obligation is usually associated with duration or a period of time during which it must be done so time is usually an important factor.


An obligation may be your personal responsibility but it may also be something which is the responsibility of more than one human. You may be obligated to do something, may act responsibly, and still fail at meeting the obligation if it is a very difficult one and must be done quickly. Taking on too great an obligation or too much responsibility is really one and the same thing. An obligation is a subset of responsibility.

You may be responsible for your risky behavior but you are seldom obligated to do it.


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