/ˈdu tə fəl, ˈdyu-/
expected or required of one; characterized by doing one's
a dutiful citizen; a dutiful child.
; proceeding from or expressive of a sense of
respectful, docile, submissive, duteous.
exhibiting or having a sense of duty
characterized by or resulting from a sense of duty:
a dutiful answer
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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.
Yet, her dutiful approach to such chores did not earn her the political capital needed to break into the elected leadership ranks.
Prevailing cultural traditions also dictate that the best wives are children who can be shaped into docile and dutiful spouses.