du·​ly | \ ˈdü-lē How to pronounce duly (audio) also ˈdyü- \

Definition of duly

: in a due manner or time : properly a duly elected official Your comments are duly noted.

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Examples of duly in a Sentence

They were duly impressed by her speech. The objections were duly noted. The singer duly appeared back on stage for an encore.
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Recent Examples on the Web Nineteen hours later the Crew Dragon capsule duly delivered Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station. The Economist, "The week in charts America, race and the police," 5 June 2020 Every line item on every budget shrank accordingly, with the exception of the armed forces that would duly monitor the progress of this secular decline. David Roth, The New Republic, "Twilight of the Cop Consensus," 11 June 2020 Any black person duly convicted of a crime could essentially be returned to bondage. Ew Staff, EW.com, "Recommended movies, shows, podcasts, and more addressing systemic racism and police brutality," 10 June 2020 Considered neither fully central European nor properly Balkan, Slovenia is often seen as the goody-two-shoes that emerged unscathed from the wreckage of Yugoslavia, and duly joined NATO and the EU in 2004. The Economist, "Barbarians at the gates Slovenia’s prime minister hunts for enemies," 6 June 2020 Section 230 is a federal statute that was duly enacted by Congress. Timothy B. Lee And Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Trump is desperate to punish Big Tech but has no good way to do it," 29 May 2020 Eugenics was duly stigmatized after World War II when the world saw the horrors of its most infamous implementation, the Holocaust. Osagie K. Obasogie, Scientific American, "Commentary: The Eugenics Legacy of the Nobelist Who Fathered IVF," 4 Oct. 2013 The Portuguese had some nifty military technology, most of all their highly effective cannon, which the Chinese duly noticed. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, "When China Met the West," 6 June 2020 Legislators all over America, duly elected, have subscribed to this kind of thinking and acted on it. Marilynne Robinson, The New York Review of Books, "What Kind of Country Do We Want?," 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of duly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of duly was in the 14th century

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“Duly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duly. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce duly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of duly

: in the proper or expected way
: at the correct or expected time


du·​ly | \ ˈdü-lē How to pronounce duly (audio) , ˈdyü- \

Kids Definition of duly

: in a due or appropriate manner, time, or degree Preparations were duly made.


du·​ly | \ ˈdü-lē, ˈdyü- How to pronounce duly (audio) \

Legal Definition of duly

: in a due manner or time failed to duly deliver

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