a promise, acknowledgment, or agreement (as a contract) that binds one to a specific performance (as payment) ;also :
the binding power of such an agreement or indication [held that the amendment did not unconstitutionally impair the s
of contracts "Davis v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co.
, 521 N.W.2d 366 (1994)"] 2 :
a debt security (as a corporate or government bond) see also collateralized mortgage obligation 3 :
what one is obligated to do, satisfy, or fulfill: as a :
a commitment to pay a particular amount of money [does not create a debt, liability, or other , legal or moral "State v. Florida Dev. Fin. Corp.
, 650 So. 2d 14 (1995)"] ;also :
an amount owed in such a commitment b :
a duty arising from law, contract, or morality [had a legal as an employer] [a contractual ] 4 in the civil law of Louisiana :
a relationship that binds one party to a performance (as a payment or transfer) or nonperformance for another party see also contract
, quasi-offense NOTE: An obligation under civil law may arise by operation of law, naturally, or by contract or other declaration of will. The elements of an obligation are: the parties, an object, the relationship by virtue of which one party is bound to perform for the other's benefit, and, in the case of conventional obligations, a cause. conditional obligation :
an obligation that is dependent on an uncertain event conventional obligation :
an obligation taking the form of a contract heritable obligation :
an obligation that may be enforced by the successor of the obligee or against the successor of the obligor joint obligation 1 :
an obligation binding different obligors to a performance for one obligee 2 :
an obligation binding one obligor to a performance for different obligees NOTE: In civil law, one of two or more obligors in a joint obligation is only liable for his or her portion of the performance. natural obligation :
an obligation arising from moral duty that is implied but not enforceable by the law several obligation 1 :
any of the obligations binding different obligors to separate performances for one obligee 2 :
any of the obligations binding an obligor to separate performances for different obligees solidary obligation :
an obligation under which any of two or more obligors can be held liable for the entire performance (as payment of a debt) NOTE: Solidary obligation is similar to joint and several liability in common law.