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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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  • Baseball caps and do-rags are dutifully removed while court is in session.
  • The freshmen, gawky in their fatigues and heavy boots, slouch in their seats and stare dutifully at the screen.
  • But the general dutifully quit, and his replacement pledged loyalty.
  • There may be a benediction, and a choir may dutifully sing.
  • Sarge, wherever he is behind those walls, dutifully pipes down.
  • The rector dutifully enters, cell phone in hand in case he's needed elsewhere.
  • They dutifully proceeded to shred the subjunctive, despite the continuing din of power drills.
  • We formed a plan for him to meet with his instructor in that course and recover lost points, and he dutifully followed through.
  • Its residents dutifully cart buckets of used shower and washing machine water outside to their gardens.
  • Their children will dutifully come home and do their own laundry.
British Dictionary definitions for dutifully


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 dutifully



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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