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[Old French deu, past participle of devoir to owe, from Latin debere]
1 a : satisfying or capable of satisfying an obligation, duty, or requirement under the law [the buyer's performance under the contract] [ proof of loss]
b : proper under the law [obstructing administration of justice]
2 : capable of being attributed used with to [any loss to neglect]
3 a : having reached the date at which payment is required
b : owed though not yet required to be paid
4 : reasonable
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.