[duh-vwahr, dev-wahr; French duh-vwar]
noun, plural devoirs [duh-vwahrz, dev-wahrz; French duh-vwar] .
an act of civility or respect.
devoirs, respects or compliments.
something for which a person is responsible; duty.

1250–1300; Middle English devoir, deveir, dever < Old French devoir (Anglo-French deveir, dever) < Latin dēbēre to owe; cf. debt Unabridged
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Example sentences
Thus, the defendant must carry the devoir of persuasion to show that disclosure is necessary to mounting an adequate defense.
The devoir of persuasion as to the existence of such a reason rests with the defendant.
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