Definitions of duty

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