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Synonyms for duty
ˈdu ti, ˈdyu-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. duty, responsibility, obligation(noun)

    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. duty(noun)

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

    "the duties of the job"

    responsibility, obligation, tariff

  3. duty, tariff(noun)

    a government tax on imports or exports

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

    responsibility, obligation, tariff


  1. duty(noun)


  2. duty(noun)

    That which one is morally or legally obligated to do.


    duty-free, right

  3. duty(noun)

    I’m on duty from 6 pm to 6 am.

    right, duty-free

  4. duty(noun)

    duty-free, right

  5. duty(noun)

    duty-free, right

  6. duty(noun)

    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

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. duty(n.)

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

  2. duty(n.)

    service, business, function, office

  3. duty(n.)

    tax, impost, toll, custom, excise

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. duty(n)

    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. Paul Nunziato:

    These police officers are among the most highly trained police officers in the nation, as are all Port Authority police officers, i am so thankful there was no loss of life and I could not be prouder of our Port Authority police officers, their actions and dedication to their sworn duty.

  2. George Washington:

    There is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity.

  3. Philip Hammond:

    We also have a duty to ensure that the country can move forward and that will mean that we have to compromise, nobody is going to get their perfect Brexit out of this. We have to have a Brexit that represents a compromise that reflects the fact that actually the nation was divided pretty much down the middle in the referendum in 2016.

  4. Tunisian Defence Minister Farhat Harchani:

    We will participate in the formation of the nucleus of the Libyan army and security forces in Tunisia. This is our duty and we will help Libya to get it done.

  5. Prime Minister David Cameron:

    I am determined to prioritize the resources we need to combat the terrorist threat because protecting the British people is my number one duty, this is a generational struggle that demands we provide more manpower to combat those who would destroy us and our values.

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