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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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And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakat as long as I remain alive and [made me] dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant.
People who never have children; parents who neglect, abuse or abandon children; deadbeat parents who don't pay child support, all have as much claim (in many cases more) on the earning of the next generation through the Social Security System as do the most dutiful parents" Similarly, corporations that profit from skilled labor, or that sell to affluent consumers, appropriate the human capital created by parental investment, while paying parents nothing in return.
The military also seems to expect civic commitment and public order--the contemporary equivalent of a permanently patriotic and dutiful home front--as essential signs of the public's willingness to meet the obligations of citizenship (preferably of the compliant, deferential kind).
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter First and best-known book of a four-volume autobiography by Simone de BEAUVOIR , published in French as Memoires d'une jeune fille rangee in 1958.
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He summed up these heroes perfectly: "Yours is such a special generation - stoical, loyal, indefatigable and dutiful.
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Yet this dutiful genuflection toward the self-critical image does little to detract from the fact that these mildly disconcerting, flickering pictures are visually lush and intensely seductive, and O'Malley also acknowledges that the distancing mechanism of the double framing within these works may have the paradoxical effect of actually intensifying "the aura of the original moment" rather than diminishing it.
Therefore the supposedly general conclusions in most of the essays hold good only for Western Europe, and the dutiful attempts to counteract this by inserting occasional paragraphs on Russia and the Ottoman Empire just make this more obvious.