dutiful

[ doo-tuh-fuhl, dyoo- ]
/ ˈdu tə fəl, ˈdyu- /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. dutchman's-pipe,
  2. dutchwoman,
  3. duteous,
  4. duteously,
  5. dutiable,
  6. dutifully,
  7. dutton,
  8. duty,
  9. duty bound,
  10. duty officer

Origin of dutiful

First recorded in 1545–55; duty + -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for undutiful

dutiful

/ (ˈdjuːtɪfʊl) /

adjective

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 undutiful

dutiful

adj.

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

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