Definition of duty of care in English:

duty of care

noun

British
  • A moral or legal obligation to ensure the safety or well-being of others:

    ‘employers have a duty of care to their employees’
    ‘road authorities owe a duty of care to keep roads as safe as possible’
    • ‘Consumers should be aware that there is a duty of care imposed on each insurance policy holder.’
    • ‘Directors must know what they are doing or they cannot satisfy their duty of care.’
    • ‘Governors and headteachers will soon have a contractual duty of care to the work-life balance of teachers.’
    • ‘The Prison Service has a duty of care to its prisoners and also a duty to protect society.’
    • ‘We have a duty of care to provide facilities that are safe.’
    • ‘We believe government has a duty of care to provide safe and efficient public transport for all the populace, and to properly maintain its infrastructure.’
    • ‘The council has a duty of care to protected species.’
    • ‘You owe a duty of care to the ex-employee in providing a reference to a prospective employer.’
    • ‘The ombudsman said the GP failed in his duty of care and must now receive extra training.’
    • ‘The professional duty of care for architects is now well established by case law.’
    • ‘If they do not understand the duty of care they have to citizens they are in the wrong job and should be replaced immediately - or at the next local elections.’
    • ‘The landowner has a duty of care to the community dependent upon him.’
    • ‘The banking troubleshooter found the bank had failed in its duty of care to its customers.’
    • ‘We have a duty of care to our pupils and we can't put pupils at risk.’
    • ‘We take our responsibilities very seriously and must be seen to put safety first and exercise a proper duty of care.’
    • ‘The council has a duty of care to spend its money wisely.’
    • ‘Laois County Council say they have a duty of care to house people, but they also have a duty of care to people already housed.’
    • ‘They've forgotten that in a democracy, leaders have a "duty of care" to act in the public interest, not just their own.’
    • ‘He was forced apologise to several patients after admitting the company had failed in its duty of care to them.’
    • ‘Employers have a duty of care that extends beyond the workplace.’