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[ doo-tuh-fuhl, dyoo- ]


  1. performing the duties expected or required of one; characterized by doing one's duty: a dutiful child.

    a dutiful citizen;

    a dutiful child.

    Synonyms: duteous, submissive, obedient, deferential, respectful

  2. required by duty; proceeding from or expressive of a sense of duty:

    dutiful attention.


/ ˈdjuːtɪfʊl /


  1. exhibiting or having a sense of duty
  2. characterized by or resulting from a sense of duty

    a dutiful answer

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Derived Forms

  • ˈdutifully, adverb
  • ˈdutifulness, noun

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Other Words From

  • du·ti·ful·ly adverb
  • qua·si-du·ti·ful adjective
  • un·du·ti·ful adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dutiful1

First recorded in 1545–55; duty + -ful

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Example Sentences

First and foremost, our identification is imprinted upon Moore’s character, Cathy Whitaker, a housewife living within a picture-perfect existence as an ideal and dutiful homemaker.

The look wasn’t indulgent or even dutiful, it was polite verging on dismissive.

From Time

It is my first memory of my mother, a dutiful military wife of the era, openly staking out a position opposing my father.

Toni Collette is Marina, the dutiful, focused captain of a ship headed to Mars.

From Time

She appeared at his side, impish smile in place, dutiful, fragrantly rather than ferociously sexy, and—frustratingly—an adjunct.

A cousin took me to the National Frontier Trail Museum, where I jotted down dutiful notes.

Ibrahim made clear to Deputy Dennis Meyer that his daughter was a respectful and dutiful girl of Sudanese extraction.

Revered and dutiful, he fought (and was injured) in World War II, and succeeded to the tile in 1953.

But this detachment gives the biography a dutiful, going-through-the-motions tone.

It is dutiful for some to give themselves to the work of the ministry, and to vow to do its duties; but not dutiful for all.

To the greatest extent of the capacities of all, it is dutiful for them to obtain and distribute copies of the blessed word.

Was it dutiful for the priests to read it to the people of Israel assembled at their solemn feasts?

Was it dutiful to make use of one copy of the law for instructing the people, when only one could be obtained?

It is dutiful for all who have the whole word of God, to use every lawful means in their power to make others know it.


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