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Definitions of duty

  1.   That which is due; payment.
  2.   An impost, as upon imports.
  3.   Service owed; conduct owing to parents or superiors; action required in a certain position; that which one is morally bound to do; a tax levied by the government.
  4.   That which a person is bound by moral obligation to do, or refrain from doing; that which one ought to do; service morally obligatory.
  5.   Tax, toll, impost, or customs; excise; any sum of money required by government to be paid on the importation, exportation, or consumption of goods.
  6.   a government tax on imports or exports; " they signed a treaty to lower duties on trade between their countries"
  7.   Specifically, obedience or submission due to parents and superiors.
  8.   Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage.
  9.   That which is due; moral obligation.
  10.   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.
  11.   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.
  12.   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
  13.   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).
  14.   A formal expression of respect.
  15.   work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons; " the duties of the job"
  16.   Hence, any assigned service or business; as, the duties of a policeman, or a soldier; to be on duty.
  17.   What one is bound to do; obedience; service; tax on goods.
  18.   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.

Quotes of duty

  1. If we allow the consideration of heathen morality and heathen religion to absolve us from the duty of preaching the gospel we are really deposing Christ from His throne in our own souls. – Roland Allen
  2. Last year, the Assembly of the League, as a result of the initiative taken by the Scandinavian nations, further limited and clarified all the provisions of the clause prescribing the duty of states to participate in sanctions. – Hjalmar Branting
  3. The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep. – Marc Chagall
  4. From a very early age I had imbibed the opinion that it was every man's duty to do all that lay in his power to leave his country as good as he had found it. – William Cobbett
  5. Once imbued with the idea of a mission, a great nation easily assumes that it has the means as well as the duty to do God's work. – J. William Fulbright
  6. Although I had resigned my commission as an officer two years before, I immediately left Switzerland, accompanied by my wife, in order to report for duty As it happened, a wire reached me a day later calling me to the colors. – Fritz Kreisler
  7. Consult duty not events. – Walter Savage Landor
  8. Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be. – Horatio Nelson
  9. The reason the government sells the census as your ticket to getting goodies- rather than as your civic duty is that distributing goodies is now all the government does. – Tom G. Palmer
  10. There is nothing on earth so easy as to forget, if a person chooses to set about it. I'm sure I have as much forgot your poor, dear uncle, as if he had never existed; and I thought it my duty to do so. – Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  11. I enjoy popping in to World Duty Free at the airport and trying out perfumes- I can never resist a new scent. – Lisa Snowdon
  12. Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty – Madame de Stael
  13. The first duty of a newspaper is to be accurate. If it be accurate, it follows that it is fair. – Herbert Bayard Swope
  14. Each had defended his own country; the Germans Germany, the Frenchmen France; they had done their duty – Ernst Toller
  15. It is idle to waste time and discuss whether it was within our power and duty to see whether we could prepare a Bill better than the Remedial Bill. – Charles Tupper

Usage examples for duty

  1. “ Is it the duty of a gentleman to speak to me like this?" ” – The Master of the Ceremonies by George Manville Fenn
  2. But it is more from a sense of duty than anything else. ” – Steve Young by George Manville Fenn
  3. 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
  4. We shall be coming off duty in ten minutes. ” – The Treasure of the Incas by G. A. Henty
  5. “ " Do thy duty said the Prince. ” – Men of Iron by Ernie Howard Pyle
  6. And I felt it like a duty to attend that too." ” – The Devil's Garden by W. B. Maxwell
  7. There is but one answer, keep close to Duty – Modern Substitutes for Christianity by Pearson McAdam Muir
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Give me up if you think it is your duty – Brand Blotters by William MacLeod Raine
  11. But duty was duty and it had to be done. ” – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  12. “ " You know as well as I do what it is your duty to say to your daughter. ” – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  13. She got the worst off- duty of the day, or none. ” – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  14. It was a duty – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  15. “ I should think my duty was clear." ” – The Chautauqua Girls At Home by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
  16. Life, they said, is not all duty – The Approach to Philosophy by Ralph Barton Perry
  17. It's your duty now! ” – The Blood Red Dawn by Charles Caldwell Dobie
  18. And I can always count upon you to do your duty – Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn
  19. But my first duty is to my king. ” – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  20. Would that my duty did not hold me here! ” – The Air Trust by George Allan England

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