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See also: dulþ



Middle English duweliche (rightly, properly), from dewe (due) + -liche (-ly)


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  • Rhymes: -uːli


duly (comparative more duly, superlative most duly)

  1. In a due, fit, or becoming manner; as it ought to be; properly.
    The citizen's concern was duly noted in the meeting minutes.
    • 2011 October 29, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 3 - 5 Arsenal”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Walcott's display deserved a goal and it duly arrived after 55 minutes. As he had done throughout, the forward ran straight at Chelsea's defence, riding two challenges and even falling before firing an emphatic shot past Cech.
  2. Regularly; at the proper time.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 4, in The Dust of Conflict[2]:
      The inquest on keeper Davidson was duly held, and at the commencement seemed likely to cause Tony Palliser less anxiety than he had expected.

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