[doo-tuh-fuhl, dyoo-]


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
Related formsdu·ti·ful·ly, adverbqua·si-du·ti·ful, adjectivequa·si-du·ti·ful·ly, adverbun·du·ti·ful, adjectiveun·du·ti·ful·ly, adverb

Synonyms for dutiful

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Examples from the Web for dutifully

Contemporary Examples of dutifully

Historical Examples of dutifully

  • Dutifully she went about her work on the farm and pursued her studies.


    Anna Balmer Myers

  • He reached the apartment and went around to the rear, dutifully.


    Edna Ferber

  • When Jones has the influenza, Brown dutifully catches cold in the head.

    The Jest Book

    Mark Lemon

  • Aaron dutifully placed his hand to sense the child's quickening.

    Blind Man's Lantern

    Allen Kim Lang

  • "It was very kind of Aunt Adella to send it," said Doris dutifully.

British Dictionary definitions for dutifully



exhibiting or having a sense of duty
characterized by or resulting from a sense of dutya dutiful answer
Derived Formsdutifully, adverbdutifulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dutifully



1550s, from duty + -ful. Related: Dutifully.

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