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Definitions of duty

  1. a government tax on imports or exports; " they signed a treaty to lower duties on trade between their countries"
  2. work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons; " the duties of the job"
  3. the social force that binds you to your obligations and the courses of action demanded by that force; " we must instill a sense of duty in our children"; " every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D. Rockefeller Jr
  4. That which is due; payment.
  5. That which a person is bound by moral obligation to do, or refrain from doing; that which one ought to do; service morally obligatory.
  6. Hence, any assigned service or business; as, the duties of a policeman, or a soldier; to be on duty.
  7. Specifically, obedience or submission due to parents and superiors.
  8. Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage.
  9. The efficiency of an engine, especially a steam pumping engine, as measured by work done by a certain quantity of fuel; usually, the number of pounds of water lifted one foot by one bushel of coal ( 94 lbs. old standard), or by 1 cwt. ( 112 lbs., England, or 100 lbs., United States).
  10. Tax, toll, impost, or customs; excise; any sum of money required by government to be paid on the importation, exportation, or consumption of goods.
  11. That which is due: what one is bound by any obligation to do: obedience: military service: respect or regard: one's proper business: tax on goods: in the U. S. applied to tax on imports only.
  12. What one is bound to do; obedience; service; tax on goods.
  13. That which is due; moral obligation.
  14. An impost, as upon imports.
  15. A formal expression of respect.
  16. That which a person is bound, by any natural, moral, or legal obligation, to pay, do, or perform; forbearance of that which is forbidden by morality, law, justice, or propriety; obedience; submission; act of reverence or respect; tax, toll, impost, customs, or excise; any sum of money required by government to be paid on the importation, exportation, or consumption of goods; any service or business, especially of a soldier or marine. Military duties, are divided into regimental, or those which the several companies of a regiment perform among themselves; and brigade, those which one regiment does in common with another, collectively or by detachments.
  17. The obedience which one owes to another, as to a parent or superior; that which a person is bound to pay, do, or perform; tax, impost, or toll; service; business.
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Usage examples for duty

  1. If Margaret were found she wished to know it, and if she were not found it was surely her duty to go at once and tell them where she was. – Maggie Miller by Mary J. Holmes
  2. I should think my duty was clear." – The Chautauqua Girls At Home by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
  3. In this I shall have very little help from Eugene, and trouble with Wilmarth, but I shall do my whole duty. – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  4. There is but one answer, keep close to Duty. – Modern Substitutes for Christianity by Pearson McAdam Muir
  5. We shall be coming off duty in ten minutes. – The Treasure of the Incas by G. A. Henty
  6. But duty was duty, and it had to be done. – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  7. It's your duty, now! – The Blood Red Dawn by Charles Caldwell Dobie
  8. Is it the duty of a gentleman to speak to me like this?" – The Master of the Ceremonies by George Manville Fenn
  9. She got the worst off- duty of the day, or none. – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  10. But I have come to tell you the fact, because it was my duty to do so. – Three Comedies by Björnstjerne M. Björnson Commentator: R. Farquharson Sharp
  11. " Do thy duty," said the Prince. – Men of Iron by Ernie Howard Pyle
  12. And I felt it like a duty to attend that too." – The Devil's Garden by W. B. Maxwell
  13. But it is more from a sense of duty than anything else. – Steve Young by George Manville Fenn
  14. Life, they said, is not all duty. – The Approach to Philosophy by Ralph Barton Perry
  15. It was a duty." – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  16. But my first duty is to my king. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  17. And I can always count upon you to do your duty. – Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn
  18. Would that my duty did not hold me here! – The Air Trust by George Allan England
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