The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie to someone.
A social, legal, or moral requirement, duty, contract, or promise that compels someone to follow or avoid a particular course of action.
A course of action imposed by society, law, or conscience by which someone is bound or restricted.
(legal) A legal agreement stipulating a specified payment or action; the document containing such agreement.
* 1668 December 19, , “Mr.'' Alexander Seaton ''contra'' Menzies” in ''The Deci?ions of the Lords of Council & Se??ion I (Edinburgh, 1683),
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- The Pupil after his Pupillarity, had granted a Di?charge to one of the Co-tutors, which did extingui?h the whole Debt of that Co-tutor, and con?equently of all the re?t, they being all correi debendi , lyable by one individual Obligation , which cannot be Di?charged as to one, and ?tand as to all the re?t.
* Adjectives often used with "obligation": moral, legal, social, contractual, political, mutual, military, perpetual, etc.
* acquite (archaic)
To declare or find not guilty; innocent.
To set free, release or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge.
* 1775 , , The Duenna
- The jury acquitted the prisoner ''of'' the charge.
* 1837 , , “Lord Bacon” in The Edinburgh Review , July 1837
- His poverty, can you acquit him of that?
(obsolete, rare) To pay for; to atone for
* , line 1071
- If he [Bacon] was convicted, it was because it was impossible to acquit him without offering the grossest outrage to justice and common sense.
To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite, to fulfill.
* , 1200
- Till life to death acquit my forced offence.
* 1640 , , Tasso
- ‘Aquyte him wel, for goddes love,’ quod he;
* 1836 , , Orations I-382
- Midst foes (as champion of the faith) he ment / That palme or cypress should his painees acquite .
* 1844 , ” in Essays: second series
- I admit it to be not so much the duty as the privilege of an American citizen to acquit this obligation to the memory of his fathers with discretion and generosity.
(reflexive) To clear one’s self.
* , III-ii
- We see young men who owe us a new world, so readily and lavishly they promise, but they never acquit the debt; they die young and dodge the account: or if they live, they lose themselves in the crowd.
(reflexive) To bear or conduct one’s self; to perform one’s part.
- Pray God he may acquit him of suspicion!
- The soldier acquitted himself well in battle.
* November 2 2014 , Daniel Taylor, "
- The orator acquitted himself very poorly.
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* 1766 , , The vicar of Wakefield , xiv
- Van Gaal responded by replacing Adnan Januzaj with Carrick and, in fairness, the emergency centre-half did exceedingly well given that he has not played since May. McNair also acquitted himself well after Rojo was injured sliding into a challenge with Martín Demichelis
(obsolete) To release, set free, rescue.
* , I-vii-52
- Though this was one of the first mercantile transactions of my life, yet I had no doubt about acquitting myself with reputation.
* , I-iii
- Till I have acquit your captive Knight.
- I am glad I am so acquit of this tinder box.
* acquital, acquittal
* (to declare innocent) condemn, convict