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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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  • The cook had dutifully pounded the steaks before placing the same on the fire, so that if they seemed tough it was not his fault.

    The Outdoor Chums After Big Game Captain Quincy Allen
  • When Jones has the influenza, Brown dutifully catches cold in the head.

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • She sets herself to read it, though, dutifully enough—she is under Mrs. Winters' eyes.

    Young People's Pride Stephen Vincent Benet
  • "It was very kind of Aunt Adella to send it," said Doris dutifully.

  • Willard, sulky and silent, but preserving appearances, piloted her dutifully down the street.

    The Wishing Moon Louise Elizabeth Dutton
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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