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bound·en

 (boun′dən)
adj.
1. Obligatory: their bounden duty.
2. Archaic Being under obligation; obliged.

[Middle English, past participle of binden, to bind, from Old English bindan; see bind.]
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bounden

(ˈbaʊndən)
adj
morally obligatory (archaic except in the phrase bounden duty)
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bound•en

(ˈbaʊn dən)

adj.
1. obligatory; compulsory: one's bounden duty.
2. Archaic. under obligation; obliged.
[1250–1300; Middle English]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bounden - morally obligatory; "my bounden duty"
obligatory - morally or legally constraining or binding; "attendance is obligatory"; "an obligatory contribution"
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bounden

adjective
Archaic. Owing something, such as gratitude or appreciation, to another:
Idiom: under obligation.
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Translations

bounden

(o.f.) [ˈbaʊndən] ADJ bounden dutyobligación f ineludible
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bounden

adj bounden duty (old, liter)Pflicht und Schuldigkeit f (geh)
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References in classic literature ?
Rather savage vengeance for an eminently righteous deed, which Cornelius had the satisfaction of having performed as a bounden duty.
"As for you, Alan, it was no more than your bounden duty," she said.
When you saw a thing was not meant to be, said Nancy, it was a bounden duty to leave off so much as wishing for it.
It’s our bounden duty to make the most of this present, and to go to the house which is open to all; so God bless ye, and keep ye from evil!
It is my duty, my imperative and bounden duty. If I did not discharge it, I should be a base and guilty wretch.
He feels it is his bounden duty to resurrect the ancient spirit of the Church and to deliver its message to the masters.
Lynde wouldn't go; she said horse racing was an abomination and, she being a church member, thought it her bounden duty to set a good example by staying away.
She imparted these stories gradually to Miss Crawley; gave her the whole benefit of them; felt it to be her bounden duty as a Christian woman and mother of a family to do so; had not the smallest remorse or compunction for the victim whom her tongue was immolating; nay, very likely thought her act was quite meritorious, and plumed herself upon her resolute manner of performing it.
'It would be my duty, if he came in my way, to deliver him up to justice,' said Ralph, 'my bounden duty; I should have no other course, as a man of the world and a man of business, to pursue.
"Let her be who she may," replied Don Quixote, "I will do what is my bounden duty, and what my conscience bids me, in conformity with what I have professed;" and turning to the damsel he said, "Let your great beauty rise, for I grant the boon which you would ask of me."
Why, he'll say, 'It's a great pity, but my church matters has got to get along the best way they can; for my niece has been exposed to the dreadful pluribus-unum mumps, and so it's my bounden duty to set down here and wait the three months it takes to show on her if she's got it.' But never mind, if you think it's best to tell your uncle Harvey --"
But, however, I suppose you must wear it awhile, for form's sake; but I hope, Helen, you won't think it your bounden duty to compose your face and manners into conformity with your funereal garb.