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I'm writing lyrics for a song, and I want to say "you don't have to know", but for the sake of the timing I came up with "knowing is not due" is that ok? Thanks!

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  • "Knowing is not your due" would (clumsily) mean you don't have a right to know, but I don't know if you mean "you don't have to know" as in "I am not obligated to make you know" or as in "it is not requirement that you know in order for you to…". – Jon Hanna Sep 21 '17 at 16:49
  • Good point there! I mean as in "it is not requirement that you know in order for you to…" Thanks! – Joseph Gomez Sep 21 '17 at 17:14
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No. "Due" in this context would be expected to mean "owed", or perhaps "scheduled to arrive, or to have arrived", eg "My homework isn't due till tomorrow".

If you look at synonyms for "mandatory"*, you'll see that "due" isn't there. "required" or "essential" would be natural fits, but probably mess your rhythm up.

EDIT: Below is a list of places where i have checked that synonyms of "mandatory" do not include "due", for EdwinAshworth, who has pointed out that making a definitive statement like this without proper citations is beneath the scholarly standard expected of a good answer:

  • Collins gives the sense requisite. Though 'Knowing is not due' sounds unmarketable. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 21 '17 at 14:48
  • @EdwinAshworth I didn't say that requisite (or required or mandatory) wasn't in the dictionary as a meaning of "due". I said that "it would be expected to mean", ie "would normally be read as", within that context. "Is that ok", to me, meant "Would that be a natural use of the word?", and that's the question I was answering. – Max Williams Sep 21 '17 at 15:25
  • I found a synonym for due meaning 'required'. So 'If you look at synonyms for "mandatory", you'll see that "due" isn't there.' is disingenuous. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 21 '17 at 18:16
  • @EdwinAshworth "disingenuous" means "pretending to be ignorant", as I'm sure you know. I can assure you that any ignorance I appear to have is entirely genuine. – Max Williams Sep 22 '17 at 11:32
  • 'If you look at synonyms for "mandatory", you'll see that "due" isn't there' when using a selected source (which you don't attribute) is misleading in a pretty major way. It's like saying 'the dictionary says ...' when you're citing just one. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 22 '17 at 15:06

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