[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 undutiful

Historical Examples of undutiful

  • Come not near us, if you have resolve to be undutiful: but this, after what I have written, I hope you cannot be.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I don't know what you do mean; but I'm glad to hear you are not so undutiful as I thought you were.

  • "It was worse than foolish; it was wrong and undutiful," he declared.

    The New Tenant

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • This was to typify to him his own undutiful and unnatural behavior.

    Richard I

    Jacob Abbott

  • I look upon it as disobedient and undutiful and—and cowardly.

    Dead Man's Land

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for undutiful



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



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

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