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A written promise offered as security for the performance of a particular act required in a legal action.
In a criminal case, an undertaking of bail is security for the appearance of the defendant. In the event the defendant fails to appear, the amount posted as bail is forfeited.
An undertaking with adequate security is a bond. The term is used in a general sense to refer to any type of promise or stipulation.
undertaking(Attempt), noun design, effort, plan, purpose, quest, search, task undertaken, trial
undertaking(Bond), noun pledge, security
undertaking(Business), noun engagement, project, pursuit, task, transaction, venture
undertaking(Commitment), noun agreement, obligation, pledge
undertaking(Enterprise), noun adventure, affair, attempt, business, coeptum, concern, effort, emprise, engagement, essay, exercise, inceptum, job, move, occupation, operation, plan, program, project, pursuit, quest, search, task, trial, venture
Associated concepts: joint undertaking
undertaking(Pledge), noun agreement, assurance, avowal, commitment, compact, contract, covenant, guarantee, insurance, oath, obligation, parole, pledged word, promise, security, stipulation, troth, vow, warrant, word
Associated concepts: bail undertaking, insufficiency of unnertaking, statutory undertaking, undertaking
See also: activity, adoption, affair, agreement, appointment, assumption, bail, burden, business, calling, campaign, charge, commitment, contract, covenant, coverage, effort, endeavor, enterprise, expedient, indenture, industry, insurance, job, labor, livelihood, maneuver, mission, occupation, operation, part, plan, pledge, position, post, practice, proceeding, profession, project, prosecution, pursuit, responsibility, role, specialty, transaction, vow, work
undertakingin the law of the EUROPEAN UNION, one of the subjects of the law. It covers companies, partnerships and sole traders and is particularly the focus of the COMPETITION POLICY.
UNDERTAKING, contracts. An engagement by one of the parties to a contract to the other, and not the mutual engagement of the parties to each other; a promise. 5 East, R. 17; 2 Leon. 224, 5; 4 B, & A. 595.