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[doo-lee, dyoo-] /ˈdu li, ˈdyu-/
in a due manner; properly; fittingly.
in due season; punctually.
Origin of duly
1350-1400; Middle English duelich(e). See due, -ly Unabridged
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  • The planters were to be duly compensated out of the national treasury.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • He demanded, moreover, that the interests of the planters should be duly regarded.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • I made no objection, and was duly hired for the term of three years.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • I have need of it this day, but it shall be duly returned to you.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Assistant Commissioner was duly helped into his coat, and let out at once.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for duly


in a proper or fitting manner
at the proper time; punctually
Word Origin
C14: see due, -ly²
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Word Origin and History for duly

late 14c., duweliche "rightly, properly," from dewe "due" (see due) + -liche (see -ly (2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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