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[doo-tuh-fuh l, dyoo-] /ˈdu tə fəl, ˈdyu-/
performing the duties expected or required of one; characterized by doing one's duty:
a dutiful citizen; a dutiful child.
required by duty; proceeding from or expressive of a sense of duty:
dutiful attention.
Origin of dutiful
1545-55; duty + -ful
Related forms
dutifully, adverb
quasi-dutiful, adjective
quasi-dutifully, adverb
undutiful, adjective
undutifully, adverb
1. respectful, docile, submissive, duteous. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dutiful
  • It suggests a dutiful devotion to duty and a tidiness of mind and surroundings.
  • Behind the snarl lies a cagey opportunist, proficient hunter, and dutiful parent.
  • She has frequently been described as an exemplary monarch, dedicated and dutiful and decent.
  • Henry is not a great student but he's both dutiful and independent.
  • His is a life more worthy of detailed study than dutiful reverence.
  • Maybe our children will be more dutiful, although then it may be too late.
  • Many premières feel slack and dutiful, but this one had the fizz of a genuine event.
  • Although he took risks to try to stop the abduction, in the end he allegedly became one of its dutiful architects.
  • We will continue to work toward a complete understanding of our dutiful stewardship.
  • Editorials and headlines touted the millions of letters sent back home by dutiful soldiers.
British Dictionary definitions for dutiful


exhibiting or having a sense of duty
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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