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Scottish Law. A person who binds himself or herself, or who is legally bound, to pay or perform something.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Burgh Court Perth. From classical Latin obligant-, obligāns person who places himself or herself under an obligation, in post-classical Latin also specifically in legal context (from late 3rd cent.), use as noun of present participle of obligāre.
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