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 dutifully (audio) \ adverb
dutifulness \ ˈd(y)ü-​ti-​fəl-​nəs How to pronounce dutifulness (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 North Korea is a notoriously patriarchal country, where women are expected to be dutiful and subordinate wives and doting mothers before all else. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "What Kim Yo Jong's rise to the top says -- and doesn't say -- about being a woman in North Korea," 2 May 2020 That output is handled by a dutiful eight-speed automatic transmission and routed to the standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2020 Audi S5 Sportback Strikes Just the Right Compromise," 30 Apr. 2020 The dutiful satisfaction of doing one’s part to flatten the curve had gotten old, and as the days wore on, many ventured further into forbidden territory, increasing contact with friends, both socially and physically. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "As Dallas crept toward normalcy, it was as if the world turned on again — almost," 2 May 2020 The Feather River Bulletin in Plumas County, a dutiful chronicler of the times when logging and gold mining reigned, has been around in some form since 1866. Los Angeles Times, "In rural Northern California, pandemic crushes newspapers that delivered news and warmth during winter cold," 2 May 2020 Joe seemed to find his place in the conviviality of saloon life — the constant company of other people; the distracting kookiness and drama of the regulars; the dutiful marrieds, the swingers. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "A Beloved Bar Owner Was Skeptical About the Virus. Then He Took A Cruise.," 18 Apr. 2020 These animals are our dutiful companions and not our dinner fare. Fox News, "China reclassifying dogs as pets, not livestock, as coronavirus pandemic ravages globe," 11 Apr. 2020 In hopes of staying connected and encouraging morale, some dutiful world citizens have been trying to lighten up the mood. oregonlive, "Best practices for social distancing: Yes, it’s 6 feet and stay home," 21 Mar. 2020 Unlike a campaign that felt like dutiful chores in Iowa and his eat-your-vegetables sequel in New Hampshire, Biden in South Carolina seems to be fully engaged in the task at hand and more comfortable here, among old friends. Time, "Mojo: Biden Finds His Confidence in South Carolina, But is it Too Late?," 28 Feb. 2020

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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 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dutiful

: doing what is expected of you


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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