# Meaning of 'obligatory disclaimer'

Can you explain to me what 'obligatory disclaimer' means in probability. Is it like a lack of information or what?

The context is the following:

Second, we found that the marginal distribution of Y is Bern(0.08), whereas the conditional distribution of Y given X = 1 is Bern(0.2) and the conditional distribution of Y given X = 0 is Bern(0.04). Since conditioning on the value of X alters the distribution of Y , X and Y are not independent: learning whether or not the sampled individual is a current smoker gives us information about the probability that he will develop lung cancer. This example comes with an obligatory disclaimer. Although we have found that X and Y are dependent, we cannot make conclusions about whether smoking causes lung cancer based on this association alone. (Joseph K. Blitzstein, Jessica Hwang--Introduction to Probability)

• It's not a probability term. It means they feel they have a duty (an obligation) to include the sentence that follows. Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 13:34