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noblesse obligé

Altruistic, honorable behavior or deeds that are an assumed responsibility of people of nobility or, more broadly, economic privilege. Taken from French, literally meaning "nobility obligates." The president of the tech megacorporation seems fixated on noblesse obligé these days, seemingly spending more time doing volunteer and charity work than actually running his own company.
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Much obliged.

Rur. Thankful and owing a debt of gratitude. A: Sit down, Elmer, and have a drink on me. B: Much obliged.
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oblige someone by something

to accommodate someone by doing something. Please oblige me by closing the window. Would you oblige me by accompanying me to the dance?
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oblige someone to do something

to require someone to do something. You are obliged to arrive on time and enter by the side door. The lateness of the hour obliged Tony to enter by the back door.
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oblige someone with something

to accommodate someone with something. He obliged her with a willing attitude. Please oblige me with a big piece of cake.
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noblesse oblige

privilege entails responsibility.
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N Obliging the Education Ministry to come up with a pre-school year for children aged five
N Obliging private sector employees who terminate their contracts to continue working for three months so employers can find replacements.
For the model of obliging style, considering the positive associations of compassion with understanding (Liu & Wang, 2010), and of relational goals with integration and accommodation (Keck & Samp, 2007), it seems reasonable to hypothesize (see Figure 3):
H2b: In addition to the direct effect of a proactive obliging style, which itself is a function of proactive compassion and proactive relational goals, there are also indirect effects of counterpart compassion and counterpart obliging style on reactive obliging style mediated through reactive compassion and reactive relational goals.
Three conflict style scenarios were constructed to describe counterpart competing, integrating, and obliging style.
Four items assessed each of three conflict styles: competing, integrating, and obliging.
001, and significantly higher levels of accommodation in the obliging condition (M = 4.
001), but no significant change in the use of an obliging style, t (172) = .
Finally, interacting with an obliging partner decreased the perceived importance of instrumental goals, F (1, 56) = 4.
H2b predicted that, in addition to the direct effect of proactive obliging style, which itself is a function of proactive compassion and proactive relational goals, there are also indirect effects of counterpart compassion and the counterpart obliging style on the reactive obliging style mediated through reactive compassion and reactive relational goals.
For instance, despite its significant overall increase, anger is also alleviated by counterpart compassion and obliging style.
Conversely, counterpart compassion and an obliging style make one become less angry, but more compassionate.
l Obliging the Education Ministry to include safety measures at home, school and work in school curricula
The Attorney-general's opinion is that setting any limit was unconstitutional, as would be obliging candidates to divulge how their campaign funds had been spent.
14 Kyodo The government must monitor the stock price of the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (LTCB) following its fluctuation Monday morning on a reported bailout plan obliging the bank to cut its capital, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiromu Nonaka said.