That which obligates or constrains; the binding power
of a promise, contract, oath, or vow, or of law; that which constitutes
legal or moral duty.
Any act by which a person becomes bound to do something
to or for anouther, or to forbear something; external duties imposed by
law, promise, or contract, by the relations of society, or by courtesy,
The state of being obligated or bound; the state of
being indebted for an act of favor or kindness; as, to place others
under obligations to one.
A bond with a condition annexed, and a penalty for
nonfulfillment. In a larger sense, it is an acknowledgment of a duty to
pay a certain sum or do a certain things.