adjective du·ti·ful \ˈdü-ti-fəl also ˈdyü-\

: doing what is expected of you

Full Definition of DUTIFUL

:  filled with or motivated by a sense of duty <a dutiful child>
:  proceeding from or expressive of a sense of duty <a dutiful effort>
du·ti·ful·ly \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
du·ti·ful·ness \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of DUTIFUL

  1. the dutiful way he took care of his sick mother
  2. <the family showed a dutiful deference to their minister when he came to dinner>

First Known Use of DUTIFUL


Rhymes with DUTIFUL

DUTIFUL Defined for Kids


adjective du·ti·ful \ˈdü-ti-fəl, ˈdyü-\

Definition of DUTIFUL for Kids

:  doing or showing the willingness to do what is expected or required <a dutiful child>
du·ti·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb


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