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in due time

[ in doo tahym ]

What does in due time mean?

In due time means "eventually" or "at the right time."

In due time is often used to suggest that someone should be patient or to suggest that some event will happen eventually. Often when a person uses it, they are being intentionally vague. Perhaps they don’t have any idea when something will actually happen or they don’t want to reveal when the event will happen.

Example: I can’t fix the car right now, but I will get to it in due time.

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Where does in due time come from?

In the phrase in due time, the word due is used to mean “proper” or “rightful.” Therefore, in due time refers to a moment in time that is considered proper without specifically saying when that is.

The first records of in due time come from around 1387. The phrase was often used in religious texts to refer to God’s judgment or God’s will. Religious writers or preachers would remind people that God is immortal, so it may take a long time before He makes something happen or punishes someone but God will do so in due time.

Today, we still commonly use in due time when we know (or think we know) something will happen at some point but we aren’t sure how soon that time will come.

Examples of in due time

Whatever is meant for you, will arrive in due time.
@AustinMcbroom, May 11, 2020
As California dealt with power outages last year, Jagdfeld said he expects large-scale changes to come to electric grids and infrastructure in due time.
Tyler Clifford, CNBC, February 17, 2021

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Who uses in due time?

In due time is a common phrase that is used to mean something will happen eventually.

 

In due time is often used in the expression All in due time.

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