Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

binding

binding
Meaning(s)
1) something that cannot be legally avoided or stopped
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    • a binding contract/agreement
  • Analysis
    In the same way that to literally bind something means to tie together (binding your hands, for example); when something is said to be 'binding', it is considered unchangeable or something that is fixed. You can have a 'binding agreement', like a contract or a legal document, as if the people who have agreed to it are bound together by its terms. This is mostly heard in professional situations, especially legal or financial.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The rules governing the European Union are binding to all Member States.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The deal we agreed with that company is legally binding, so if they do follow through on their threat to pull out of it, we will take them to court.
    2. After long negotiations, a binding agreement was reached between the two parties which came into immediate effect.
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