1. Law: (1) A party who designates another (the agent) to act on his or her behalf. (2) A party that has the primary responsibility in a liability or obligation, as opposed to an endorser, guarantor, or surety. (3) A person who commits a crime, takes an active part in its commission, or directly or indirectly counsels or procures another person to commit it.
3. Contracts: A client who awards a contract to a contractor for completion of a job or project in accordance with terms of the contract. Also called owner.
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