American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Careful to fulfill obligations.
- adj. Expressing or filled with a sense of obligation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Performing the duties required by social or legal obligations; obedient; submissive to natural or legal superiors; obediently respectful: as, a dutiful son or daughter; a dutiful ward or servant; a dutiful subject.
- Expressive of a sense of duty; showing compliant respect; required by duty: as, dutiful attentions.
- adj. Accepting of one's legal or moral obligations and willing to do them well, and without complaint.
- adj. Pertaining to one's duty; demonstrative of one's sense of duty.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. 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
- adj. Controlled by, proceeding from, a sense of duty; respectful; deferential.
- adj. willingly obedient out of a sense of duty and respect
- duty + -ful (Wiktionary)
“The editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour, is in dutiful attendance after controversially cutting her time short at the previous collections.”
“What children expect of parents in dutiful bounty but a friendly co-operation.”
“Like Mr. Hiller, Mr. O'Shea came from the Chicago Tribune, where he had been managing editor and had been known as a dutiful manager of the shrinking budgets plaguing all newspapers today.”
“I believe, too, that since the time — ten years earlier — when she had recalled her dutiful son Peter from the service, she had wholly changed her mode of living.”
“So probably one who accepts (CP) does so in a way that violates (CP); (CP) lays down a condition for being justified, dutiful, which is such that one who accepts it probably violates it.”
“The Master said: To-day a man is called dutiful if he keep his father and mother.”
“A man who his clansmen call dutiful, and his neighbours call modest.”
“I believe, too, that since the time -- ten years earlier -- when she had recalled her dutiful son Peter from the service, she had wholly changed her mode of living.”
“And little duties make the will dutiful, that is, supple and prompt to obey.”
“He is dutiful, which is good, but he is not exactly inspired, which is why I look forward to summer for him.”
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