Definition of dutiful in English:

dutiful

adjective

  • 1Conscientiously or obediently fulfilling one's duty.

    ‘a dutiful daughter’
    • ‘In theory, this is done routinely to encourage dutiful submission to authority.’
    • ‘Her Punjabi family's traditional ways, and their expectations of a dutiful daughter, alienate her.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘With Mimi he was expected to be neatly groomed, dutiful and obedient.’
    • ‘Some works are autobiographical, including a piece about a dutiful daughter who forsakes her own happiness to care for her mother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a still dutiful, if mature daughter, she still tried to placate rather than confront.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘The undertaker suggested dutiful or loving daughter,’ David continued.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think somewhere you got this notion that a wife was dutiful and obedient.’
    • ‘It's an unlikely friendship: Andy is dutiful, responsible, endearingly stuffy, but caring and contemplative.’
    • ‘Vincent was a nice kid - loyal, dutiful and good-humored.’
    • ‘Those who know him describe him as a dutiful soldier, physically brave, conscientious and honest by local standards - but a man of limited vision.’
    • ‘The aristocratic families at the heart of the new scandals are not loyal and dutiful - they are vicious, greedy and spiteful.’
    conscientious, responsible, dedicated, devoted, faithful, loyal, attentive
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    1. 1.1 Motivated by duty rather than desire or enthusiasm.
      ‘dutiful applause’
      ‘a dutiful visit’
      • ‘The applause at the mention of his name is dutiful and cheerless.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Then thirty minutes for evening toilette and small talk, and he and Bertha slipped into bed and dutiful union at 22: 15.’
      • ‘Still, the sides, more dutiful than fervent, were drawn.’
      • ‘Those expressions of admiration were not mere dutiful platitudes inspired by the passing of a respected colleague.’
      • ‘We see them playing to throngs of hundreds in big clubs and to a handful of dutiful applauders in improvised performance spaces.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In this case, he had the unfortunate suspicion that this woman's desire was a dutiful one.’
      • ‘A historical novel, it is no dutiful trudge - rather an artful waka, rowing fast and with purpose.’
      • ‘It's a depressing resolution for a heroine: to do the dutiful thing.’
      • ‘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’.’

Pronunciation

dutiful

/ˈd(j)udəfəl//ˈd(y)o͞odəfəl/