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From Persian دستوري, Urdu, دستوري.


dasturi (plural dasturis)

  1. (India) A commission or duty charged by an agent; a kickback.
    • 1832, Langford Kennedy, Minutes of Evidence Taken Before the Select Committee on the Affairs of the East India Company, vol. III, 25 February:
      In all dealings between natives there is invariably a species of extortion, a sort of dustoory, which is given in all money transactions.
    • 2008, Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies, Penguin 2015, p. 85:
      By dint of much pleading and cajolery they persuaded the old zemindar to add their money to the sums that he annually deposited with Mr Burnham: for this privilege they were content to pay the Halder estate a ten-percent dasturi on the profits […].




dasturi (n class, plural dasturi)

  1. (nautical) bowsprit
  2. Alternative form of desturi