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[doo-tee-uh s, dyoo-] /ˈdu ti əs, ˈdyu-/
dutiful; obedient.
Origin of duteous
First recorded in 1585-95; duty + -ous
Related forms
duteously, adverb
duteousness, noun
unduteous, adjective
unduteously, adverb
unduteousness, noun Unabridged
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  • They have come, but Priscilla thou 'rt none the less my dear and duteous daughter.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • Sir, but I do think that the musician, if duteous, is meet for a starry crown.

  • So let them in; observe me with all duteous respect: let them in.

  • Gracious my father, fear not;    100 I rest most duteous to your dispose.

  • She burst out into a fit of laughter at my duteous principles.

    The Sylph, Volume I and II Georgiana Cavendish
  • Never master had a page so kind, so duteous, diligent, true.

  • In all her ways she was sweet and duteous, grateful and eager to serve.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • He pressed the buzzer imperiously, and Betty responded with duteous haste.

    The Sturdy Oak Samuel Merwin, et al.
  • I say, recounts even to the gods his duteous conduct and his pious care of their altars.

  • Ever from infancy (save in that frantic passion for which I now despise myself), I have obeyed you, I trust, as a duteous son.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for duteous


(formal or archaic) dutiful; obedient
Derived Forms
duteously, adverb
duteousness, noun
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