A bit of conjugaison would be kewl. --184.108.40.206 19:57, 31 July 2006 (UTC)
The translation to 'duty' is correct. http://fr.wiktionary.org/wiki/devoir Devoir is also a noun. The first meaning given in the french wiktionary is: "Ce à quoi on est obligé par la raison, par la morale, par la loi, par sa condition, par la bienséance, etc." This translates roughly to "that to which one is obliged on the basis of reason, ethics, the law, by ones circumstance (?), by good manners, etc".
Apologies for not editing the article, but I can't familiarize myself with the conventions of Wiktionary any time soon. 220.127.116.11 14:09, 27 October 2006 (UTC)
The explanation given for devoir in French is not complete. 'Devoir' has a second meaning in French: to owe. And in this case it is transitive. 'I owe this guy 10 euros' -> 'Je dois 10 euros à cette personne'.