Definition of dutiful in English:

dutiful

adjective

  • 1Conscientiously or obediently fulfilling one's duty:

    ‘a dutiful daughter’
    • ‘I think somewhere you got this notion that a wife was dutiful and obedient.’
    • ‘Her Punjabi family's traditional ways, and their expectations of a dutiful daughter, alienate her.’
    • ‘Being the dutiful daughter, I offered them the spare room at my place until they got themselves sorted out.’
    • ‘Her brother was ever the dutiful doctor, responding to calls that come even in the oddest hour.’
    • ‘In theory, this is done routinely to encourage dutiful submission to authority.’
    • ‘Those who know him describe him as a dutiful soldier, physically brave, conscientious and honest by local standards - but a man of limited vision.’
    • ‘Vincent was a nice kid - loyal, dutiful and good-humored.’
    • ‘Some works are autobiographical, including a piece about a dutiful daughter who forsakes her own happiness to care for her mother.’
    • ‘Yes folks its that time of year again, whereby as a dutiful parent I oblige my responsibility to dispense with two hours of valuable time to go and watch the Junior School Nativity play.’
    • ‘Given the contrast, are we to boast that our scribes are more dutiful, intelligent, responsible and wise in contributing to national strength and honour?’
    • ‘The aristocratic families at the heart of the new scandals are not loyal and dutiful - they are vicious, greedy and spiteful.’
    • ‘With Mimi he was expected to be neatly groomed, dutiful and obedient.’
    • ‘And the only women in the celestial kingdom will be those dutiful, obedient plural wives who are invited there by their husbands to serve them for all eternity.’
    • ‘Though striking a blow for Indian womanhood, Sharma remains a dutiful daughter in the traditional mould and still places great faith in arranged marriages.’
    • ‘‘The undertaker suggested dutiful or loving daughter,’ David continued.’
    • ‘As a still dutiful, if mature daughter, she still tried to placate rather than confront.’
    • ‘It's an unlikely friendship: Andy is dutiful, responsible, endearingly stuffy, but caring and contemplative.’
    • ‘She tells him she will bring him to a home where she will be a faithful and dutiful servant to him, and that if this home reminds him of a home long lost, he should weep for it also.’
    • ‘Here clients, characterized as ‘worthy wives and dutiful daughters,’ are portrayed as grateful and appreciative.’
    • ‘But yet, being the dutiful daughter she was, she did fight their war for them.’
    conscientious, responsible, dedicated, devoted, faithful, loyal, attentive
    obedient, compliant, pliant, docile, submissive, biddable, deferential, reverent, reverential, respectful, good, well disciplined, well trained
    decent
    regardful
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    1. 1.1 Motivated by duty rather than desire or enthusiasm:
      ‘dutiful applause’
      ‘a dutiful visit’
      • ‘He secured dutiful applause when he told the audience that it had fallen to the present generation to ‘face up to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction’.’
      • ‘A historical novel, it is no dutiful trudge - rather an artful waka, rowing fast and with purpose.’
      • ‘‘I'll be jumping out of tackles,’ he quips before embarking on a dutiful, almost grudging, acknowledgement of the need to focus on the next match.’
      • ‘The applause at the mention of his name is dutiful and cheerless.’
      • ‘We see them playing to throngs of hundreds in big clubs and to a handful of dutiful applauders in improvised performance spaces.’
      • ‘Those expressions of admiration were not mere dutiful platitudes inspired by the passing of a respected colleague.’
      • ‘Long before the end the atmosphere had gone from the place, the final whistle greeted by dutiful cheers rather than raw passion.’
      • ‘Its clergy, in the main, were neither piously devoted nor scandalously negligent, but were generally dutiful if rather unambitious pastors.’
      • ‘Still, the sides, more dutiful than fervent, were drawn.’
      • ‘It's a depressing resolution for a heroine: to do the dutiful thing.’
      • ‘In this case, he had the unfortunate suspicion that this woman's desire was a dutiful one.’
      • ‘Then thirty minutes for evening toilette and small talk, and he and Bertha slipped into bed and dutiful union at 22: 15.’

Pronunciation

dutiful

/ˈdjuːtɪfʊl//ˈdjuːtɪf(ə)l/