Bind (Verb)

Definition:  To make someone follow something, to ‘glue’ someone to a way of doing something. For example, due to the doctrine of precedent, judges are bound to follow decisions made in similar cases. Another example is that Parliament cannot bind its successors and cannot be bound by its predecessors.

Example: The UK”s referendum on remaining or leaving the EU was not legally binding, the government was not legally bound to follow the result.

This word features in Episode 37 of the Study Legal English Podcast.