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Synonyms for duty
ˈdu ti, ˈdyu-du·ty

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  1. dutynoun


  2. dutynoun

    That which one is morally or legally obligated to do.


    duty-free, right

  3. dutynoun

    I’m on duty from 6 pm to 6 am.

    right, duty-free

  4. dutynoun

    duty-free, right

  5. dutynoun

    duty-free, right

  6. dutynoun

    duty-free, right

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. duty

    Etymologically, duty is that which is owed or due; obligation, that to or by which one is bound; right, that which is correct, straight, or in the direct line of truth and goodness; responsibility, that for which one must answer. Duty and responsibility are thought of as to some person or persons; right is impersonal. One's duty may be to others or to himself; his obligations and responsibilities are to others. Duty arises from the nature of things; obligation and responsibility may be created by circumstances, as by one's own promise, or by the acceptance of a trust, etc. We speak of a parent's duty, a debtor's obligation; or of a child's duty of obedience, and a parent's responsibility for the child's welfare. Right is that which accords with the moral system of the universe. Righteousness is right incarnated in action. In a more limited sense, right may be used of what one may rightly claim, and so be the converse of duty. It is the creditor's right to demand payment, and the debtor's duty to pay. Compare BUSINESS.

    accountability, business, function, obligation, office, responsibility, right, righteousness

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. duty

    obligation, part, business, responsibility, allegiance, function, once, province, calling, trust, commission, service

    freedom, exemption, immunity, license, dispensation, desertion, dereliction

Princeton's WordNet

  1. duty, responsibility, obligationnoun

    the social force that binds you to 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

    obligation, debt instrument, responsibleness, responsibility, province, indebtedness, tariff, certificate of indebtedness

  2. dutynoun

    work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons

    "the duties of the job"

    responsibility, obligation, tariff

  3. duty, tariffnoun

    a government tax on imports or exports

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

    responsibility, obligation, tariff

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Editors Contribution

  1. assignment

    1. a piece of work that needs to be done regularly 2. something assigned to be read or studied

    1. his first newspaper assignment was writing obituaries 2. have you found essay writer to write an assignment for tomorrow?

    Submitted by rinat on August 26, 2019  
  2. social responsibility

    job take surely

    Submitted by rinat on September 10, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. dutynoun

    what one ought to do, what one is bound or under obligation to do

  2. dutynoun

    service, business, function, office

  3. dutynoun

    tax, impost, toll, custom, excise

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. dutynoun

    responsibility, incumbency, accountability, service, business, work, function, office, tax, impost, toll, excise, custom

    Associated words:
    ethics, deontology, casuistry, ethology, morals, ethicist, ethically, supererogate, supererogation

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How to use duty in a sentence?

  1. Thomas Paine:

    It is the duty of every patriot to protect his country from its government.

  2. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu:

    It is our duty to provide security for our soldiers providing training there.

  3. Sean Terrell:

    Postal Service sucks, but you know I'd rather be out here doing my civic duty than not, I don't trust the whole mail-in voting thing, so I will be here and I will sign Postal Service and make sure Postal Service goes where Postal Service needs to go.

  4. Buddha:

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

  5. Andrew Griffith:

    As far as patriotic responsibilities and duties go, this is about the least someone can do, you can see what effect American governance can have on the world. I feel like it's something that's very important. I feel like it's the least we can do as our civic duty.

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