ob·li·gate /'ä-blə-ˌgāt/ vt -gat·ed, -gat·ing
1: to bind legally or morally
was obligated to pay child support
2: to commit (as funds or property) to meet or provide security for an obligation
oblig·a·to·ry /ə-'bli-gə-ˌtōr-ē/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

index compel, constrain (compel), detail (assign), encumber (financially obligate), entail, exact, force (coerce), guarantee, necessitate, press (constrain), require (compel)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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