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Etymology: ME, duete, conduct
(in law) an obligation owed by one party to another. Duty may be established by statute or other legal process, as by contract or oath supported by statute, or it may be voluntarily undertaken. Every person has a duty of care to all other people to prevent causing harm or injury by negligence.


Medical malpractice The failure or alleged failure on the part of a physician or other health care provider to exercise ordinary, reasonable, usual, or expected care, prudence, or skill–that would usually and customarily be exercised by other reputable physicians treating similar Pts–in performing a legally recognized duty, resulting in forseeable harm, injury or loss to another; negligence may be an act of omission–ie, unintentional, or commission–ie, intentional, characterized by inattention, recklessness, inadvertence, thoughtlessness, or wantonness. See Adverse event, Comparative negligence, Contributory negligence, Gross negligence, Malpractice, Wanton negligence, Willful negligence. Cf Recklessness.
Negligence, required elements  
Duty A recognized relationship between Pt and physician
Breach Failure of a medical practitioner to practice in accordance with standard of care
Proximate cause The plaintiff must show that injury is reasonably connected to physician's action
Damages Plaintiff must show that alleged loss or damage has a quantifiable value such that a monetary payment can be made APLM 1997; 121:252


(doo′tē, dū′)
A social, professional, legal, or ethical expectation that compels a standard of performance; an obligation or requirement.


n that which is due from a person; that which a person owes to another; an obligation.
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She probably wanted to say something completely different but is duty bound to keep her private thoughts to herself.
He has no power of arrest and if he physically prevents you from leaving he is guilty of assault and the police would be duty bound to come to your assistance.
Maria's away and Roy, who finds Tony collapsed in the street and gives him first aid, feels duty bound to stay with him in hospital.
HAVING complained about the gritters being in the wrong places last week I feel in duty bound to congratulate them this morning.
Sat on a plane bound for South Africa the Wasps chief allowed himself a solitary toast to mark his side's achievement but as Wales' trusted lieutenant, Edwards felt duty bound to underline his commitment to the Grand Slam champions for their Test series against the Springboks.
But he fought as a foot soldier against his native country because he was duty bound to protect the integrity of his community.
At this point, I only have about 350 square feet of grass, yet still feel duty bound to have some sort of lawn, not wishing to stray too far from neighborhood norms.
The GRA clearly stepped over the mark by threatening the very people the guards are duty bound to serve.
Martin's insistence that he is duty bound as prime minister to affirm any so-called right that is read into the Charter by the courts is not only wrong in principle, but fundamentally undemocratic.
As jokes go, it's not a bad one, but my inner pedant feels duty bound to point out that the Rhine goes nowhere near Berlin.
The school decided for very good reasons that pupils should not snowball and pupils were duty bound to obey.
Those who possess deep and sincere religious beliefs are duty bound to reject attempts to mock the gods of their faiths.