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English noun: duty

1. duty (act) the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force


SamplesWe must instill a sense of duty in our children.
Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.


Synonymsobligation, responsibility


Broader (hypernym)social control


Narrower (hyponym)burden of proof, civic duty, civic responsibility, demand, filial duty, guardianship, imperative, incumbency, job, keeping, legal duty, line of duty, moral obligation, noblesse oblige, prerequisite, requirement, requirement, safekeeping, white man's burden

2. duty (act) work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons


SamplesThe duties of the job.


Broader (hypernym)work


Narrower (hyponym)assignment, chore, duty assignment, function, job, office, part, role, task

3. duty (possession) a government tax on imports or exports


SamplesThey signed a treaty to lower duties on trade between their countries.


Synonymstariff


Broader (hypernym)indirect tax


Narrower (hyponym)countervailing duty, custom, customs, customs duty, export duty, import duty, impost, octroi, protective tariff, revenue tariff, tonnage, tonnage duty, tunnage









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