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duty bound

Obligated or expected to do something. Now that our parents are dead, I'm duty bound to care for my siblings. As a parent, you are duty bound to protect your child.
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duty bound

(to do something) forced by a sense of duty and honor to do something. Good evening, madam. I'm duty bound to inform you that we have arrested your husband. No one made me say that. I was duty bound.
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duty bound

Obliged, as in You're duty bound to help your little brother. [c. 1900]
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duty bound

morally or legally obliged to do something.
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duty bound

Obliged: You are duty bound to help your little sister and brother.
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duty bound, to be

To be firmly obligated. This term is derived from bounden duty, which dates from the 1500s and was actually redundant, since from the 1400s bound also meant “under obligations.” The term also retains this form three centuries later: “It was his bounden duty to accept the office” (Harriet Martineau, The Manchester Strike, 1833). At some point this locution was grammatically changed to the present participial usage, as in “I’m duty bound to report this violation to the dean.”
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People increasingly complain about a disconnect between politicians and the public they are duty-bound to serve.
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However, if the prison officer says he is innocent, we're duty-bound to support him."
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But our judges have long since declined to take direction from the statutes they are duty-bound to interpret.
His Dickensian view of life drove him to paint the world as he would like it to be--no drunken fathers or self-centered mothers, only kindly doctors, duty-bound soldiers, and regular folks at their daily occupations.