dutiful 1550s, from DUTY (Cf. duty) + -FUL (Cf. -ful). Related: Dutifully.

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  • Dutiful — Du ti*ful, a. 1. Performing, or ready to perform, the duties required by one who has the right to claim submission, obedience, or deference; submissive to natural or legal superiors; obedient, as to parents or superiors; as, a dutiful son or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dutiful — index conscientious, faithful (loyal), law abiding, loyal, meritorious, moral, obedient, obeisant …   Law dictionary

  • dutiful — [adj] obedient binding, compliant, conscientious, deferential, devoted, docile, duteous, faithful, incumbent on, obligatory, punctilious, regardful, respectful, reverential, submissive; concept 542 Ant. betraying, disobedient, faithless,… …   New thesaurus

  • dutiful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ conscientiously fulfilling one s duty. DERIVATIVES dutifully adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • dutiful — [do͞ot′i fəl, dyo͞ot′ifəl] adj. 1. showing, or resulting from, a sense of duty 2. having a proper sense of duty; obedient dutifully adv. dutifulness n …   English World dictionary

  • dutiful — dutifully, adv. /dooh teuh feuhl, dyooh /, adj. 1. performing the duties expected or required of one; characterized by doing one s duty: a dutiful citizen; a dutiful child. 2. required by duty; proceeding from or expressive of a sense of duty:… …   Universalium

  • dutiful — adjective Date: 1552 1. filled with or motivated by a sense of duty < a dutiful child > 2. proceeding from or expressive of a sense of duty < a dutiful effort > • dutifully adverb • dutifulness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dutiful — adjective a) Accepting of ones legal or moral obligations and willing to do them well, and without complaint. Ralph was a dutiful child, and took the trash out without being told. b) Pertaining to ones duty; demonstrative of ones sense of duty.… …   Wiktionary

  • dutiful — du|ti|ful [ˈdju:tıfəl US ˈdu: ] adj doing what you are expected to do and behaving in a loyal and obedient way ▪ a dutiful son ▪ Dutiful applause greeted his speech …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dutiful — [[t]dju͟ːtɪfʊl, AM du͟ː [/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that someone is dutiful, you mean that they do everything that they are expected to do. The days of the dutiful wife, who sacrifices her career for her husband, are over. Derived words:… …   English dictionary

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