the necessary authority that precedes budget spending by a government agency or department, granted by Congress through appropriations.
[ob-li-gey-tiv] /ˈɒb lɪˌgeɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. implying or involving obligation: an obligative commitment.
[ob-li-gah-toh] /ˌɒb lɪˈgɑ toʊ/ adjective, noun, plural obligatos, obligati [ob-li-gah-ee] /ˌɒb lɪˈgɑ i/ (Show IPA) 1. . /ˌɒblɪˈɡɑːtəʊ/ adjective, noun 1. (music) a variant spelling of obbligato
[verb ob-li-geyt; adjective ob-li-git, -geyt] /verb ˈɒb lɪˌgeɪt; adjective ˈɒb lɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt/ verb (used with object), obligated, obligating. 1. to bind or morally or legally: to obligate oneself to purchase a building. 2. to pledge, commit, or bind (funds, property, etc.) to meet an . adjective 3. morally or legally bound; ; constrained. 4. […]
[uh-blig-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, ob-li-guh-] /əˈblɪg əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒb lɪ gə-/ adjective 1. required as a matter of obligation; mandatory: A reply is desirable but not obligatory. 2. incumbent or compulsory (usually followed by on or upon): duties obligatory on all. 3. imposing moral or legal obligation; binding: an obligatory promise. 4. creating or recording […]