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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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The political moral of Layard's story is that we are duty-bound to contrive a more Swedish America (and Britain), a point the prescient Labour Party economist was pressing years before he chanced upon the exciting "new science" of happiness.
However, if the prison officer says he is innocent, we're duty-bound to support him.
The judges apply the law of the land and faced with defective laws that fall foul of Human Rights legislation they are duty-bound to reject them.
In a statement submitted to a House Financial Services subcommittee, he said, "Although Fannie Mae is a company that receives accolades for providing a diverse and positive work environment, it is also plagued by a corporate culture that uses threats, intimidation, and reprisal to create an atmosphere where even those employees with great integrity--employees who rightfully feel duty-bound to report improprieties and irregularities--cannot risk doing so, fearing the retaliation that they know will follow.
The force has also warned its own officers who are hunt supporters that they are duty-bound to report any illegal activity.
His big brothers and sisters felt duty-bound to educate him in the ways of being a mouse.
I CAN'T claim credit for this one - it came via an e-mail, but I feel duty-bound to pass it on .
Note the historical emptiness here: there is no awareness and no recognition of the historical fact that technology can exist without science, and that science is not duty-bound to issue technological products; that the first one is inextricably meshed up with market forces while the second lies in the realm of creative and critical human thought and intellectually controlled imagination.
But our judges have long since declined to take direction from the statutes they are duty-bound to interpret.
The pope told the bishops that he was duty-bound to remind all bishops they had to use all means at their disposal to keep unqualified men out of the priesthood.
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.
Feeling duty-bound to correct this embarrassing linguistic lapse, I tried to humorously illustrate to students how silly they sound when they, like, speak this way.
Nolan is so courageously honest that the viewer feels duty-bound to endure the discomfort of bearing witness.
Although More was duty-bound to crush heresy and although he believed that it led to damnation, Guy thinks that More was too extreme.
Once supplies are ordered in the traditional fashion--through a person, phone or fax--the purchaser is almost duty-bound to call in later to check on the order's status (e.