I am looking for a single word (noun) describing a person or a legal party that has an obligation to do something. A nicer way of saying "obligated party".

A made up example:

The court obliged Jim to pay 1000$ of satisfaction. Jim is obliged. In this context Jim is a ... ?

  • Can you give us a sentence in context please? Dec 20, 2013 at 8:32
  • Just added one. It's not very nice but maybe it will help you.
    – gregorej
    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:43

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This is a somewhat technical/legal term, but obligor is the word.

a person who owes or undertakes an obligation to another by contract or other legal procedure.

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    Beware the spelling & pronunciation, though: /ˈɒblɪgɔː, ˌɒblɪˈgɔː/ as different from that of obliger, /əˈblʌɪdʒə/.
    – Kris
    Dec 20, 2013 at 14:41

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