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Synonyms of due in English:


  • 1 their fees were due
    owing, owed, payable;
    outstanding, overdue, unpaid, unsettled, undischarged, delinquent
  • 2 the chancellor's statement is due today
    expected, anticipated, scheduled for, awaited;
  • 3 the respect due to a great artist
    deserved by, merited by, warranted by;
    appropriate to, fit for, fitting for, right for, proper to
  • 4 he drove without due care
    proper, correct, rightful, suitable, appropriate, apt;
    adequate, sufficient, enough, satisfactory, requisite
  • noun

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  • 1 he attracts more criticism than is his due
    rightful treatment, fair treatment, just punishment;
    right, entitlement;
    just deserts
    informal comeuppance
  • 2 members have paid their dues
    fee, subscription, charge;
    payment, contribution
  • adverb

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  • 1 he hiked due north
    directly, straight, exactly, precisely, dead
  • Usage

    due to

    The use of due to as a prepositional phrase meaning ‘because of’ (as in he had to retire due to an injury) first appeared in print in 1897, and traditional grammarians have opposed this prepositional usage for more than a century on the grounds that it is a misuse of the adjectival phrase due to in the sense of ‘attributable to, likely or expected to’ ( the train is due to arrive at 11:15), or ‘payable or owed to’ ( render unto Caesar what is due to Caesar). Nevertheless, this prepositional usage is now widespread and common in all types of literature and must be regarded as standard English. The phrase due to the fact that is very common in speech, but it is wordy, and, especially in writing, one should use instead the simple word because


    due to
  • 1.1 her death was due to an infection
    attributable to, caused by, ascribed to, because of, put down to
  • 2.1 the train was canceled due to staff shortages
    because of, owing to, on account of, as a consequence of, as a result of, thanks to, in view of
    formal by reason of
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