|n.||1.||The tie or obligation, implied or expressed, which a subject owes to his sovereign or government; the duty of fidelity to one's king, government, or state.|
|2.||Devotion; loyalty; as, allegiance to science.|
ALLEGIANCE. The tie which binds the citizen to the government, in return for
the protection which the government affords him.
2. It is natural, acquired, or local. Natural allegiance is such as is
due from all men born within the United States; acquired allegiance is that
which is due by a naturalized citizen. It has never been decided whether a
citizen can, by expatriation, divest himself absolutely of that character. 2
Cranch, 64; 1 Peters' C. C. Rep. 159; 7 Wheat. R. 283; 9 Mass. R. 461.
Infants cannot assume allegiance, (4 Bin. 49) although they enlist in the
army of the United States. 5 Bin. 429.
3. It seems, however, that he cannot renounce his allegiance to the
United States without the permission of the government, to be declared by
law. But for commercial purposes he may acquire the rights of a citizen of
another country, and the place of his domicil determines the character of a
party as to trade. 1 Kent, Com. 71; Com. Rep. 677; 2 Kent, Com. 42.
4. Local allegiance is that which is due from an alien, while resident
in the United States, for the protection which the government affords him. 1
Bl. Com. 366, 372; Com. Dig. h.t; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.; 1 East, P.C. 49
, assigned task
, bona fides
, bonne foi
, bounden duty
, call of duty
, duties and responsibilities
, good faith
, line of duty
, self-imposed duty
, suit and service
, suit service
, true blue