[ doo-tuh-fuhl, 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

First recorded in 1545–55; duty + -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for dutiful


/ (ˈdjuːtɪfʊl) /


exhibiting or having a sense of duty
characterized by or resulting from a sense of dutya dutiful answer

Derived Forms

dutifully, adverbdutifulness, noun
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