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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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons; "the duties of the job" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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 Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. That which is due; payment. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Hence, any assigned service or business; as, the duties of a policeman, or a soldier; to be on duty. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Specifically, obedience or submission due to parents and superiors. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage. Webster Dictionary DB
  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). Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. What one is bound to do; obedience; service; tax on goods. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. That which is due; moral obligation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. An impost, as upon imports. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A formal expression of respect. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. d[=u]'ti, n. 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.--adj. D[=U]'TEOUS, devoted to duty: obedient.--adv. D[=U]'TEOUSLY.--n. D[=U]'TEOUSNESS.--adjs. D[=U]'TIABLE, subject to custom duty; D[=U]'TIED, subjected to duties and customs; D[=U]'TIFUL, attentive to duty: respectful: expressive of a sense of duty.--adv. D[=U]'TIFULLY.--n. D[=U]'TIFULNESS.--adj. D[=U]'TY-FREE, free from tax or duty. [Formed from Anglo-Fr. deu or due (mod. Fr. dú) and suffix -ty. See DUE (1).] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. Behaviour due to superior, deference, expression of respect; payment to public revenue levied on import, export, manufacture, or sale, of goods (CUSTOMS, EXCISE, dd.), transfer of property (DEATH, PROBATE, succession, stamp, dd.), licences, legal recognition of documents, &c. (d. is levied on article or transaction, tax usu. on persons); moral or legal obligation, what one is bound or ought to do (d. call, visit one would rather not but feels bound to pay); binding force of what is right; business, office, function, performance of or engagement in these (on, off, d., actually so engaged or not), (Eccl.) performance of church services (took my d. for me); (Mech.) measure of engine\'s effectiveness in units of work done per unit of fuel; do d. for, serve or pass for (something else); d.-paid, -free, of goods on which customs or excise d. has been paid or is not leviable. [Anglo-French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  21. n. That which is due, proper, or enjoined; obedience; submission; reverence; obligation military guard or watch;—tax; toll; customs; excise:—work; business; engagement; service; employment; occupation. Cabinet Dictionary
  22. That to which a man is by any natural or legal obligation bound; act or forbearances required by religion or morality; obedience or submission due to parents, governors, or superiors; act of reverence or respect; the business of a soldier on guard; tax, impost, custom, toll. Complete Dictionary

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