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Constitute vs Obligate - What's the difference?

constitute | obligate |

As verbs the difference between constitute and obligate

is that constitute is to cause to stand; to establish; to enact while obligate is (transitive|north america|scottish) to bind, compel, constrain, or oblige by a social, legal, or moral tie.

As a noun constitute

is (obsolete) an established law.

As an adjective obligate is

(biology) able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role.

constitute

English

(Webster 1913)

Verb

(constitut)
  • To cause to stand; to establish; to enact.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • Laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority.
  • To make up; to compose; to form.
  • * Johnson
  • Truth and reason constitute that intellectual gold that defies destruction.
  • To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.
  • * William Wordsworth
  • Me didst Thou constitute a priest of thine.

    Synonyms

    * establish, enact * make up, compose, form

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) An established law.
  • (Webster 1913)

    obligate

    Verb

    (obligat)
  • (transitive, North America, Scottish) To bind, compel, constrain, or oblige by a social, legal, or moral tie.
  • (transitive, North America, Scottish) To cause to be grateful or indebted; to oblige.
  • (transitive, North America, Scottish) To commit (money, for example) in order to fulfill an obligation.
  • Usage notes

    In non-legal usage, almost exclusively used in the passive, in form “obligated' to X” where ‘X’ is a verb infinitive or noun phrase, as in “'''obligated to pay”. Further, it is now only in standard use in American English and some dialects such as Scottish,''Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage,'' p. 675 having disappeared from standard British English by the 20th century, being replaced by obliged (it was previously used in the 17th through 19th centuries).''The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage (1996)

    Synonyms

    * See also:

    Derived terms

    * obligation * obligatory

    References

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (biology) Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role.
  • an obligate''' parasite; an '''obligate anaerobe.
  • Absolutely indispensable; essential.