commitment
commitment n
1: an act of committing: as
a: placement in or assignment to a prison or mental hospital
petition for commitment compare incompetent, interdiction
◇ Commitment to a mental health facility is called civil commitment when it is not part of a criminal proceeding. Civil commitment proceedings are initiated by the patient, in the case of voluntary commitment, or by someone (as a family member or government agent) authorized by statute to petition for the patient's involuntary commitment. Some form of a hearing and periodic review is required in involuntary commitment proceedings. A criminal defendant may be committed to a mental hospital as a result of being found incompetent to stand trial, not guilty by reason of insanity, or incompetent to be sentenced.
b: an act of referring a matter to a legislative committee
c: a warrant committing someone to a prison
2: an agreement or promise to do something in the future; esp: a promise to assume a financial obligation at a future date
cannot meet their loan commitment s

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

commitment
I (confinement) noun committal, confining, constraint, detention, durance, handing over into custody, holding in constraint, holding in restraint, immuring, impoundment, imprisonment, incarcerating, incarceration, interning, internment, jailing, legal confinement, legal constraint, locking up, mittimus, placing in confinement, putting in custody, remanding to custody, remitting to custody, restraint, restriction, sending to jail, sentencing associated concepts: commitment to an institution, commitment to jail II (responsibility) noun accountability, accountableness, agreement, allegiance, assignment, assurance, burden, call of duty, charge, conscience, contract, covenant, devoir, duty, engagement, faithfulness, incumbency, mission, obligation, onus, pledge, promise, sense of duty, solemn declaration, trust, undertaking, vow, warrant III index adhesion (loyalty), agreement (contract), allegiance, assurance, attornment, captivity, charge (lien), charge (responsibility), cloud (incumbrance), compact, constraint (imprisonment), contract, covenant, custody (incarceration), debit, detention, durance, duty (obligation), guaranty, incarceration, incumbrance (lien), indenture, infliction, obligation (duty), pledge (binding promise), promise, recognizance, responsibility (accountability), specialty (contract), undertaking (pledge)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


commitment
n.
(1) The act of committing.
(2) An obligation.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


commitment
A judge's order sending someone to jail or prison, upon conviction or before trial (for diagnostic purposes), or directing that a mentally unstable person be confined to a mental institution. Technically, the judge orders law enforcement personnel to take the prisoner or patient to such places.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

commitment
United Kingdom
In the context of lending or debt capital markets, the amount that a lender has agreed or "committed" to lend during the life of a loan or other facility or that a manager has agreed to invest in an issue of bonds or loan notes.
Under a committed facility, the lender must advance money when asked to by the borrower (subject to it complying with certain conditions) and may only cancel that facility if certain specified events occur.
In contrast, under an uncommitted facility, the lender may choose not to lend even after the facility agreement has been executed and may cancel it and demand repayment at any time. Typically, a borrower will pay a commitment fee to the lender on the undrawn and uncancelled portion of its commitment under a committed facility.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


commitment
n.
1 A promise, vow, or agreement to do something.
2 An order, especially one from a court, directing that a person be taken to and placed in the care or custody of a hospital, mental health facility, prison, or similar institution.
@ civil commitment
The commitment of a person to a hospital, mental health facility, or similar institution upon a civil court's finding that the person is ill, incompetent, addicted to drugs, or in some similar circumstances and is a danger to himself or others.
@ diagnostic commitment
1 The incarceration of a person while it is determined whether she is competent to participate in the preparation and presentation at trial of a defense in a criminal action.
2 The incarceration of a person after she has been convicted of a crime while an appropriate sentence is determined.
@ mandatory commitment
The automatic commitment of a person found not guilty of a crime by reason of insanity to a hospital, mental health facility, or similar institution. Required under federal law when dealing with a person charged with a federal crime, but not required by law in most states.
@ mortgage commitment
@ voluntary commitment
The commitment of a person to a hospital, mental health facility, or similar institution at the request or with the consent of the individual.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


commitment
Proceedings directing the confinement of a mentally ill or incompetent person for treatment.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


commitment
Proceedings directing the confinement of a mentally ill or incompetent person for treatment.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

commitment
n.
   a judge's order sending someone to jail or prison, upon conviction or before trial, or directing that a mentally unstable person be confined to a mental institution. Technically the judge orders law enforcement personnel to take the prisoner or patient to such places.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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