in a way that is required by moral or legal obligation, societal or cultural expectations, or a person’s position or occupation:She dutifully registered to vote and received her ballot.The player was stunned by the trade, but he dutifully reported to Cleveland after a decade in the Manhattan limelight.
- qua·si-du·ti·ful·ly, adverb
- un·du·ti·ful·ly, adverb
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How to use dutifully in a sentence
In the modern NBA where a spread offense built on outside shooting is more valuable than isolation moves, the dutiful Lee would fit in.Lee for 3! Can This South Korean Break the NBA Barrier? | Daniel Malloy | February 5, 2021 | Ozy
Then, as he dutifully, yet earnestly, always does, Drew comes back to a positive place: the message.How the Property Brothers Became Your Mom’s Favorite TV Stars | Kevin Fallon | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Prayer is said before meals and before bed, and they teach their children to dutifully say the same.
Every joke pretty much whizzed past its target, but the audience laughed dutifully.Hugh Jackman's Tony Jumping Fail, Plus the Winners and Standout Moments of Broadway's Biggest Night | Tim Teeman | June 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The pictures were offered to UK media, who dutifully turned them down.Pictures Of Kate Middleton's Bare Butt Published in German Newspaper | Tom Sykes | May 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The audience dutifully stood and whooped, but the atmosphere was not electric.It’s Not Just the Vaccines. Jenny McCarthy’s New Book Offers More ‘Lessons’ | Tim Teeman | April 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
dutifully Lamb's goon turned and retraced his steps to the curb, holding his four-square hat carefully.
"I was but sighing as I thought of my many sins, Cid," answered the fellow, very dutifully.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
dutifully she went about her work on the farm and pursued her studies.Patchwork | Anna Balmer Myers
And then she brought him his newspaper and kissed him dutifully.That Lass O' Lowrie's | Frances Hodgson Burnett
The young man kneeled and performed the service and followed the party dutifully when they moved on to the next gap.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day