boun|den [ `baundən ] adjective VERY FORMAL
your bounden duty is something you have to do, because you believe it is right

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  • Bounden — Bound en, p. p & a. [Old. p. p. of bind.] [1913 Webster] 1. Bound; fastened by bonds. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Under obligation; bound by some favor rendered; obliged; beholden. [1913 Webster] This holy word, that teacheth us truly our bounden… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bounden — archaic past participle of BIND(Cf. ↑bind). ● a bounden duty Cf. ↑a bounden duty …   English terms dictionary

  • bounden — survives only in the somewhat dated and affected phrase bounden duty …   Modern English usage

  • bounden — [boun′dən] adj. [old pp. of BIND] 1. Archaic held under obligation; indebted 2. that one is bound by; obligatory [one s bounden duty] …   English World dictionary

  • bounden — index indebted, loyal, mandatory, necessary (required) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Bounden — Bind Bind, v. t. [imp. {Bound}; p. p. {Bound}, formerly {Bounden}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Binding}.] [AS. bindan, perfect tense band, bundon, p. p. bunden; akin to D. & G. binden, Dan. binde, Sw. & Icel. binda, Goth. bindan, Skr. bandh (for bhandh) to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bounden — adjective Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. archaic being under obligation ; beholden 2. made obligatory ; binding < our bounden duty > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bounden — /bown deuhn/, adj. 1. obligatory; compulsory: one s bounden duty. 2. Archaic. under obligation; obliged. [1250 1300; ME, var. of BOUND1] * * * …   Universalium

  • bounden — adj. Bounden is used with these nouns: ↑duty …   Collocations dictionary

  • bounden — bound|en [ˈbaundən] adj [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Old past participle of BIND1] your bounden duty old use something that you should do because it is morally correct …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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