du·​ti·​ful | \ ˈdü-ti-fəl How to pronounce dutiful (audio) also ˈdyü- \

Definition of dutiful

1 : filled with or motivated by a sense of duty a dutiful child
2 : proceeding from or expressive of a sense of duty a dutiful effort

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dutifully \ ˈd(y)ü-​ti-​f(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dutiful (audio) \ adverb
dutifulness \ ˈd(y)ü-​ti-​fəl-​nəs How to pronounce dutiful (audio) \ noun

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Examples of dutiful in a Sentence

the dutiful way he took care of his sick mother the family showed a dutiful deference to their minister when he came to dinner
Recent Examples on the Web This was after the queen had already showered Camilla with other prestigious honors for her dutiful loyalty and charity work. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 By comparison, side plots involving Bridgerton siblings Eloise and Colin (Luke Newton) feel dutiful to a fault. Katie Rife, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2022 After all, Daphne was fairly bland at the beginning of her courtship with the Duke, all doe eyes and dutiful smiles. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 24 Mar. 2022 Mine is a suburban, aspirational, upper-middle-class city of a dutiful student who has her parents’ support. Graciela Mochkofsky, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2022 And despite all the paper trails and testimonies stacked against him, the Russian president continues his charade of being a dutiful bureaucrat with a simple, middle-class lifestyle. Mahnoor Khan, Fortune, 2 Mar. 2022 Roman's character has chosen the dutiful good daughter role, as opposed to her scientist sister, who is less involved with their elderly parents. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Jan. 2022 Now the store was empty, the dutiful manager at his post, behind the counter. New York Times, 25 Jan. 2022 Here, Edwina goes from dutiful daughter and hopeless romantic to an empowered woman. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dutiful

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dutiful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dutiful. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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du·​ti·​ful | \ ˈdü-ti-fəl How to pronounce dutiful (audio) , ˈdyü- \

Kids Definition of dutiful

: doing or showing the willingness to do what is expected or required a dutiful child

Other Words from dutiful

dutifully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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