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dutiful

[doo-tuh-fuh l, dyoo-] /ˈdu tə fəl, ˈdyu-/
adjective
1.
performing the duties expected or required of one; characterized by doing one's duty:
a dutiful citizen; a dutiful child.
2.
required by duty; proceeding from or expressive of a sense of duty:
dutiful attention.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; duty + -ful
Related forms
dutifully, adverb
quasi-dutiful, adjective
quasi-dutifully, adverb
undutiful, adjective
undutifully, adverb
Synonyms
1. respectful, docile, submissive, duteous.
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  • Henry is not a great student but he's both dutiful and independent.
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  • Maybe our children will be more dutiful, although then it may be too late.
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  • Editorials and headlines touted the millions of letters sent back home by dutiful soldiers.
British Dictionary definitions for dutiful

dutiful

/ˈdjuːtɪfʊl/
adjective
1.
exhibiting or having a sense of duty
2.
characterized by or resulting from a sense of duty: a dutiful answer
Derived Forms
dutifully, adverb
dutifulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dutiful
adj.

1550s, from duty + -ful. Related: Dutifully.

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