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Definition 1: the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force - [noun denoting act]

Samples where duty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we must instill a sense of duty in our children
  • every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty

Synonyms for duty in the sense of this definition

(duty is a kind of ...) control exerted (actively or passively) by group action

(... is a kind of duty ) the responsibility to do something

"it is their job to print the truth"

(... is a kind of duty ) something that is required in advance

"Latin was a prerequisite for admission"

(... is a kind of duty ) the supposed responsibility of the white race to provide care for their non-white subjects

(... is a kind of duty ) all that is normally required in some area of responsibility

(... is a kind of duty ) acts which the law requires be done or forborne

(... is a kind of duty ) a duty that is incumbent upon you

(... is a kind of duty ) some duty that is essential and urgent

(... is a kind of duty ) duty of a child to its parents

(... is a kind of duty ) the responsibilities of a citizen

(... is a kind of duty ) the duty of proving a disputed charge

(... is a kind of duty ) the obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically)

(... is a kind of duty ) an obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong

"he did it out of a feeling of moral obligation"

(... is a kind of duty ) the responsibility of a guardian or keeper

"he left his car in my keeping"

(... is a kind of duty ) required activity

"the requirements of his work affected his health" "there were many demands on his time"

Definition 2: work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons - [noun denoting act]

Samples where duty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the duties of the job

(duty is a kind of ...) activity directed toward making or doing something

"she checked several points needing further work"

(... is a kind of duty ) a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee

"estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars" "the job of repairing the engine took several hours" "the endless task of classifying the samples" "the farmer's morning chores"

(... is a kind of duty ) the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group

"the function of a teacher" "the government must do its part" "play its role"

(... is a kind of duty ) a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)

"hazardous duty"

Definition 3: a government tax on imports or exports - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where duty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they signed a treaty to lower duties on trade between their countries

Synonyms for duty in the sense of this definition

(duty is a kind of ...) a tax levied on goods or services rather than on persons or organizations

(... is a kind of duty ) money collected under a tariff

(... is a kind of duty ) a tax imposed on ships that enter the US; based on the tonnage of the ship

(... is a kind of duty ) a tax on various goods brought into a town

(... is a kind of duty ) a tariff imposed to raise revenue

(... is a kind of duty ) a tariff imposed to protect domestic firms from import competition

(... is a kind of duty ) a duty imposed on imports

(... is a kind of duty ) a duty imposed on exports

(... is a kind of duty ) a duty imposed to offset subsidies by foreign governments

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