dutiful

  • 1 Dutiful — Du ti*ful, a. 1. Performing, or ready to perform, the duties required by one who has the right to claim submission, obedience, or deference; submissive to natural or legal superiors; obedient, as to parents or superiors; as, a dutiful son or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 dutiful — index conscientious, faithful (loyal), law abiding, loyal, meritorious, moral, obedient, obeisant …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 dutiful — 1550s, from DUTY (Cf. duty) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Dutifully …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 dutiful — [adj] obedient binding, compliant, conscientious, deferential, devoted, docile, duteous, faithful, incumbent on, obligatory, punctilious, regardful, respectful, reverential, submissive; concept 542 Ant. betraying, disobedient, faithless,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 dutiful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ conscientiously fulfilling one s duty. DERIVATIVES dutifully adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 dutiful — [do͞ot′i fəl, dyo͞ot′ifəl] adj. 1. showing, or resulting from, a sense of duty 2. having a proper sense of duty; obedient dutifully adv. dutifulness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 dutiful — dutifully, adv. /dooh teuh feuhl, dyooh /, adj. 1. performing the duties expected or required of one; characterized by doing one s duty: a dutiful citizen; a dutiful child. 2. required by duty; proceeding from or expressive of a sense of duty:… …

    Universalium

  • 8 dutiful — adjective Date: 1552 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 adverb • dutifulness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 dutiful — adjective a) Accepting of ones legal or moral obligations and willing to do them well, and without complaint. Ralph was a dutiful child, and took the trash out without being told. b) Pertaining to ones duty; demonstrative of ones sense of duty.… …

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  • 10 dutiful — du|ti|ful [ˈdju:tıfəl US ˈdu: ] adj doing what you are expected to do and behaving in a loyal and obedient way ▪ a dutiful son ▪ Dutiful applause greeted his speech …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 dutiful — [[t]dju͟ːtɪfʊl, AM du͟ː [/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that someone is dutiful, you mean that they do everything that they are expected to do. The days of the dutiful wife, who sacrifices her career for her husband, are over. Derived words:… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 dutiful — /ˈdjutəfəl / (say dyoohtuhfuhl) adjective 1. performing the duties required of one; obedient: a dutiful child. 2. required by duty; proceeding from or expressive of a sense of duty: dutiful attention. –dutifully, adverb –dutifulness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 dutiful — duteous, dutiful Both words mean ‘observing one s duty’ and date from the 16c; Shakespeare used both, though with a preference for duteous. Dutiful is now standard …

    Modern English usage

  • 14 dutiful — adj. Dutiful is used with these nouns: ↑daughter, ↑son, ↑wife …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 dutiful — du|ti|ful [ dutıfəl ] adjective FORMAL careful to do things that other people ask or expect you to do: Tom was a loving and dutiful son. ╾ du|ti|ful|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 dutiful — adjective conscientiously or obediently fulfilling one s duty. ↘motivated by duty rather than enthusiasm: dutiful applause. Derivatives dutifully adverb dutifulness noun …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 dutiful — adjective always doing what you are expected to do and always behaving in a loyal and obedient way: I m not going to play the dutiful little housewife any more! …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 dutiful — adjective Clarence s dutiful niece Syn: conscientious, responsible, dedicated, devoted, attentive; obedient, compliant, submissive, biddable; deferential, reverent, reverential, respectful, good See note at obedient …

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  • 19 dutiful — UK [ˈdjuːtɪf(ə)l] / US [ˈdutɪfəl] adjective formal careful to do things that other people ask or expect you to do Tom was a loving and dutiful son. Derived word: dutifully adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 20 dutiful — du•ti•ful [[t]ˈdu tə fəl, ˈdyu [/t]] adj. 1) performing the duties expected or required of one; respectful; obedient: a dutiful child[/ex] 2) proceeding from or expressive of a sense of duty • Etymology: 1545–55 du′ti•ful•ly, adv …

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