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[doo-tee-uh s, dyoo-]
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  1. dutiful; obedient.
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Origin of duteous

First recorded in 1585–95; duty + -ous
Related formsdu·te·ous·ly, adverbdu·te·ous·ness, nounun·du·te·ous, adjectiveun·du·te·ous·ly, adverbun·du·te·ous·ness, noun
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Related Words for duteous

compliant, deferential, faithful, loyal, obedient, regardful, respectful

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Historical Examples of duteous

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for duteous


  1. formal, or archaic dutiful; obedient
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Derived Formsduteously, adverbduteousness, noun
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