Definition of Legal duty

1. Noun. Acts which the law requires be done or forborne.

Generic synonyms: Duty, Obligation, Responsibility
Specialized synonyms: Fiduciary Duty
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

Definition of Legal duty

1. Noun. (legal idiomatic) A duty prescribed by the law, to act or forbear from acting. ¹

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Literary usage of Legal duty

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Nature and Sources of the Law by John Chipman Gray, Roland Gray (1921)
"... it is unadvisable to banish the term "legal -Legal right" from the vocabulary of Jurisprudence, it is not, perhaps, entirely the same with "legal duty. ..."

2. Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution by Albert Venn Dicey (1902)
"The apparent or alleged unreasonableness of the law is created by the ambiguity of the word duty, and by confusing a man's "legal duty" with his "moral duty ..."

3. The Continental Legal History Series by Association of American Law Schools (1918)
"This actual or legal union of the creation of legal duty and the giving of security became the more necessary the more the law of obligations was developed ..."

4. The Law of Torts by Melville Madison Bigelow (1908)
"legal duty AND BREACH THEREOF. We have already seen that whether we speak of the breach ... legal duty is of course created by the presence of legal rights; ..."

5. The Law of Contracts by Samuel Williston, Clarence Martin Lewis (1920)
"... an act which the law holds the promisee bound to do, is no valid consideration though the law provides no means for the enforcement of the legal duty. ..."

6. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1918)
"No clear legal duty to issue: bond»; illegality. A'writ of mandamus has been denied in many cases within well-recognized principles, on the ground that ..."

7. The Law of Contracts by William Herbert Page (1919)
"Performance of legal duty resting on public officer. ... If the act which he performs is one which it was not his legal duty to do, such act may amount to a ..."

8. The Foundations of Legal Liability: A Presentation of the Theory and by Thomas Atkins Street (1906)
"This was the consideration of legal duty. In the same connection we also explained why, ... legal duty."

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