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Definition of Duty


  1. That which is due; payment.
  2. That which a person is bound by moral obligation to do, or refrain from doing; that which one ought to do; service morally obligatory.
  3. Hence, any assigned service or business; as, the duties of a policeman, or a soldier; to be on duty.
  4. Specifically, obedience or submission due to parents and superiors.
  5. Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage.
  6. 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).
  7. Tax, toll, impost, or customs; excise; any sum of money required by government to be paid on the importation, exportation, or consumption of goods.

Duty Quotations

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul's indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.
William R. Alger

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.
Samuel Adams

Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.
George S. Patton

The first duty of love is to listen. - Paul Tillich
The first duty of love is to listen.
Paul Tillich
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Duty Translations

duty in Afrikaans is verpligting, plig
duty in Danish is pligt
duty in Dutch is verplichting, plicht
duty in Finnish is velvollisuus
duty in French is obligation
duty in German is Pflicht, Pflicht, Verpflichtung
duty in Italian is dogana
duty in Latin is officium
duty in Norwegian is toll, plikt
duty in Portuguese is dever
duty in Spanish is deb, deber
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