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  1. dutiesnoun

    Plural form of duty.


  1. duties

    A duty (from "due" meaning "that which is owing"; Old French: deu, did, past participle of devoir; Latin: debere, debitum, whence "debt") is a commitment or expectation to perform some action in general or if certain circumstances arise. A duty may arise from a system of ethics or morality, especially in an honor culture. Many duties are created by law, sometimes including a codified punishment or liability for non-performance. Performing one's duty may require some sacrifice of self-interest. Cicero, an early Roman philosopher who discusses duty in his work “On Duty", suggests that duties can come from four different sources: as a result of being a human as a result of one's particular place in life (one's family, one's country, one's job) as a result of one's character as a result of one's own moral expectations for oneselfThe specific duties imposed by law or culture vary considerably, depending on jurisdiction, religion, and social normalities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Duties

    of Duty

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. duties

    Taxes levied by the custom-house upon goods exported or imported.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. duties

    This word is used in military parlance to express the men paraded for any particular duty, such as guards, etc.

Editors Contribution

  1. duties

    Plural form of the word duty.

    The duties were accurate and just.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'duties' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2638

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'duties' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3925

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of duties in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of duties in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of duties in a Sentence

  1. Park Hyun-suk:

    When Chae Soo-hong first entered the company in 2015, it had about 30 employees. By the time Chae Soo-hong died, the company had grown to 80 employees but Chae Soo-hong duties kept increasing.

  2. Steven McAdams:

    Earlier today, I relieved this employee of Kyle Rittenhouse duties. Kevin Craft, administrative director of the Governor's Commission on African Affairs, will assume these duties effective immediately.

  3. Doug Larson:

    Accomplishing the impossible means only the boss will add it to your regular duties.

  4. Jim Hammond:

    In the days that follow, I want to reassure our community, each and every day the men and women of the Hamilton County Sheriffs Office are to perform their duties in a deliberate, honorable and professional manner, we are charged to protect this community and its citizens, and this is a responsibility I take very seriously.

  5. Randy Tucker:

    As always, we have fairly and diligently executed the duties for which we are required.

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