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Obliged/obligated

Posted by Lotg on August 22, 2003

Can anyone tell me the purpose of the word 'obligated'? It seems unnecessary. Is there anything 'obligated' can do that 'obliged' can't?

This is just a personal dislike with no foundation except that I just don't like the word 'obligate'. However, the dictionary does provide a slight differentiation between the meaning of each word. But I found it difficult to understand the difference.

I'd be obliged for any assistance.