a bounden duty


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a bounden duty

a responsibility regarded by yourself or others as obligatory.
Bounden as the past participle of bind is now archaic in all contexts and is seldom found except in this phrase.
See also: bounden, duty
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I think we have a bounden duty to beget the next generation, even if it does take years off your life.
He said that government has a bounden duty to protect life and property of the people.
Mr Salmond said yesterday: "As the constituency MSP not only am I absolutely entitled but I have a bounden duty under the parliamentary code to meet people on all issues of importance to my constituency.