American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Obedient or dutiful.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dutiful; obedient; subservient.
- Pertaining to or required by duty.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Fulfilling duty; dutiful; having the sentiments due to a superior, or to one to whom respect or service is owed; obedient.
- adj. Subservient; obsequious.
- adj. willingly obedient out of a sense of duty and respect
- Irregular combination of duty + -ous. (Wiktionary)
- From duty. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Love her with tenderness, reward her kindness by your duteous conduct; and after a life well spent, may you gently sink to repose, beloved and lamented.”
“Let no selfish gratification or secret enjoyment prevent your duteous compliance.”
“But the Trojans were dying, first for their fatherland, fairest fame to win; whomso the sword laid low, all these found friends to bear their bodies home and were laid to rest in the bosom of their native land, their funeral rites all duly paid by duteous hands.”
“Curfew Street, and though we know he was somedeal hurt in that matter, we cannot see why he should not do homage in leal and duteous sort.”
“To his parents, we are apt to say, he endears himself by his pious attachment and duteous care still more than by the connexions of nature.”
“But as you saide, and very well too, what hath failed this night, another hereafter may more fortunately performe: in hope whereof, commend my love and duteous service to her, and (what else remaineth mine) to your gentle selfe.”
“Be but duteous, and true preferment shall tender itself to thee.”
“The first check to her duteous demonstrations was a formal intimation from the fallen majesty of England, that I was in no manner to be intruded upon her.”
“It was a sight for the lovers of the human race to enjoy; to behold, as in ancient times, the patriarchal modes in which the variety of kindred and friendship fulfilled their duteous and kindly offices.”
“He had been duteous over his tasks for fear of punishment, and had got through his legal studies with credit because his existence was tranquil.”
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