duty has definitions from the fields of sociology,government
[ noun ] work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons


: "the duties of the job"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

Four additional deputies be employed at the Fulton_County_Jail and `` a doctor , medical_intern or extern be employed for night and weekend duty at the jail '' .

Related terms

work function job assignment

[ noun ] (sociology) 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"- John D.Rockefeller Jr

Used in print

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

Left alone while her husband was miles away in the city , the modern wife assumed more and more duties normally reserved for the male .

(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)

Since then , many Protestant_denominations have made separate pronouncements , in which they not_only approved birth_control , but declared it at_times to be a religious duty .

An action once universally condemned by all Christian_churches and forbidden by the civil_law is now not_only approved by the overwhelming majority of Protestant_denominations , but also deemed , at certain times , to be a positive religious duty .

(Ralph J. Salisbury, "On the Old Santa Fe Trail...)

I let_up on the accelerator , only to gradually reach again the 60 m._p._h. which would , I hoped , overhaul Herry and the blonde , and as there were cars whose drivers apparently had something more important to catch than had I , Mrs._Major_Roebuck settled_down to practicing on Corporal_Johnson the kittenish wiles she would need when making her duty call on Colonel and Mrs. Somebody in Sante_Fe .

(Vina Delmar, The Big Family....)

Those named in the Greek paper were manufacturing reasons to steal aft under pretence of some call of duty , so_as to be near Spencer , watching an opportunity to communicate with him .

[ noun ] (government) a government tax on imports or exports




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

Used in print

(John Harnsberger and Robert P. Wilkins,...)

In June 1845 , the Governor and Council of Assiniboia imposed a 20 per_cent duty on imports via Hudson's_Bay which were viewed_as aimed at the `` very vitals of the Company 's trade and power '' .

This trade was subject to a tariff of 7.5 per_cent after February 1835 , but much was smuggled into Assiniboia with the result that the duty was reduced by 1841 to 4 per_cent on the initiative of the London committee .

[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 5277