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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.


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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