What is a word for "to support, giveback, to be the supplier in some situation"? Three examples:

  • "To give back to his community, Chris helps clear the roads around his neighborhood of any loose trash."
  • "Sarah felt that when using torrents, she should not only leach, but seed for others.
  • "Sean bears a sense of guilt for using StackExchange for questions, but never providing answers; perhaps that will change one day."

What word best encapsulates that desire to "give back" to an entity, be that to people or a goal such as an open-source project?

  • The desire to do so.
    – user23426
    Jun 4, 2018 at 5:41
  • I was unaware of this term, "duty-bound". I believe one could view this as a hyponym to "Obligation". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyponymy_and_hypernymy
    – user23426
    Jun 13, 2018 at 18:04

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A sense of (moral) obligation (ODOL)

1.2 A debt of gratitude for a service or favour.
‘I recognize research and scholarship as a public trust and accept professional service as a societal obligation.’


"She felt under a sort of moral obligation not to be indifferent."

Moral obligation (Wordnet)

an obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong
("H)e did it out of a feeling of moral obligation(.)"

  • "Obligation" makes sense; my mind somewhat associated "obligation" with a negative connotation. Not sure why that was. Thank you
    – user23426
    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:31
  • That's because it also has a meaning that implies having to do something against one's own will. However, that's just one of the several meanings of the word obligation.
    – Kris
    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:35

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