dutiful

adjective du·ti·ful \ ˈdü-ti-fəl also ˈdyü- \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

dutifully

play \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb

dutifulness

play \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of dutiful in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of dutiful from the Web

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First Known Use of dutiful

1552


DUTIFUL Defined for English Language Learners

dutiful

adjective

Definition of dutiful for English Language Learners

  • : doing what is expected of you


DUTIFUL Defined for Kids

dutiful

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

Definition of dutiful for Students

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

dutifully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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