duty bound

idiom

: having as one's duty : obligated
He was duty bound to help.

Examples of duty bound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clarice Starling became a kind of blueprint for Foster’s future characters in movies such as Contact, Panic Room, and Inside Man: intelligent, alone, duty bound, vulnerable but resolute. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, 18 Feb. 2024 Under the law, anyone can bring a complaint and authorities are duty bound to investigate. Helen Regan, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 One journalist who felt duty bound to cover the war was Roshdi Sarraj, 31, who founded a media company at age 18 and also worked as a photographer and fixer for international news outlets. Gaya Gupta, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024 People in the West who don’t understand all this, or who do understand it and choose to excuse it, are dishonoring the very principles that all progressive people are duty bound to defend. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 13 Oct. 2023 In her vision, Consumer Reports was duty bound to represent the interests of buyers who lacked the money even for the most economical car and who washed their clothes at laundromats rather than in household machines that product testers might evaluate for their spin cycles. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2023 Today, under Russian occupation, plant employees are both hostages and essential workers — Ukrainian engineers duty bound to prevent disaster while working under the watchful eye of Russian snipers. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2022 Economic mobility has pushed recent generations into more traditionally white-collar occupations, even as the remaining farmers feel duty bound to continue. New York Times, 11 July 2021 The term dates back to a 1963 case, Brady v. Maryland, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors were duty bound to keep and produce such lists. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, 1 Dec. 2020 See More

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“Duty bound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duty%20bound. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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