[doo-lee, dyoo-]


in a due manner; properly; fittingly.
in due season; punctually.

Origin of duly

1350–1400; Middle English duelich(e). See due, -ly
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Contemporary Examples of duly

Historical Examples of duly

  • 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 for duly

C14: see due, -ly ²
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Word Origin and History for duly

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

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