strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.
true to one's word, promises, vows, etc.
steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: faithful friends.
reliable, trusted, or believed.
adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful account; a faithful copy.
Obsolete. full of faith; believing.
the faithful.
the believers, especially members of a Christian church or adherents of Islam.
the body of loyal members of any party or group.

1250–1300; Middle English feithful. See faith, -ful

faithfully, adverb
faithfulness, noun
overfaithful, adjective
overfaithfully, adverb
overfaithfulness, noun
pseudofaithful, adjective
pseudofaithfully, adverb
quasi-faithful, adjective
quasi-faithfully, adverb

1, 3. true, devoted, staunch. 3. Faithful, constant, loyal imply qualities of stability, dependability, and devotion. Faithful implies long-continued and steadfast fidelity to whatever one is bound to by a pledge, duty, or obligation: a faithful friend. Constant suggests firmness and steadfastness in attachment: a constant affection. Loyal implies unswerving allegiance to a person, organization, cause, or idea: loyal to one's associates, one's country. 5. precise, exact. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
faithful (ˈfeɪθfʊl)
1.  having faith; remaining true, constant, or loyal
2.  maintaining sexual loyalty to one's lover or spouse
3.  consistently reliable: a faithful worker
4.  reliable or truthful: a faithful source
5.  accurate in detail: a faithful translation
6.  the faithful
 a.  the believers in and loyal adherents of a religious faith, esp Christianity
 b.  any group of loyal and steadfast followers

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, full of faith, also firm in allegiance, from faith + -ful. Meaning true to the facts is from 1520s. The noun sense of true believers is from 1550s. Related: Faithfully; faithfulness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bible Dictionary

Faithful definition

as a designation of Christians, means full of faith, trustful, and not simply trustworthy (Acts 10:45; 16:1; 2 Cor. 6:15; Col. 1:2; 1 Tim. 4:3, 12; 5:16; 6:2; Titus 1:6; Eph. 1:1; 1 Cor. 4:17, etc.). It is used also of God's word or covenant as true and to be trusted (Ps. 119:86, 138; Isa. 25:1; 1 Tim. 1:15; Rev. 21:5; 22:6, etc.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
Geeks are always worried about a story's faithfulness to the book.
Steven explained that it's not a question of faithfulness but of expectation.
Faithfulness to the letter of a work is not the same thing as fidelity to its spirit.
Any plot weaknesses are due to faithfulness to the book, and they are few.
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