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devoir

[duh-vwahr, dev-wahr; French duh-vwar] /dəˈvwɑr, ˈdɛv wɑr; French dəˈvwar/
noun, plural devoirs
[duh-vwahrz, dev-wahrz; French duh-vwar] /dəˈvwɑrz, ˈdɛv wɑrz; French dəˈvwar/ (Show IPA)
1.
an act of civility or respect.
2.
devoirs, respects or compliments.
3.
something for which a person is responsible; duty.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English devoir, deveir, dever < Old French devoir (Anglo-French deveir, dever) < Latin dēbēre to owe; cf. debt
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  • 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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