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  • adv. With a regard to duty; in a dutiful manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a dutiful manner; with regard to duty; obediently; submissively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. out of a sense of duty; in a dutiful manner


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  • Washington had no appetite for this struggle; he served out his term dutifully, but treated his post, and the members of his cabinet, with growing reserve.

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  • Walpin dutifully performed his job and reported this fraud on the federal taxpayer.

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  • Somehow that single sentence made her muted her normally unstoppable mouth, as no words could escape her and for once, her retorts failed to spring dutifully from the tip of her tongue.

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  • The specimens contained herein – dutifully and, in some cases, painfully recorded by our keen-eyed assortment of contributing cryptobotanists, field researchers, and graduate assistants (laden with glass jars, magnifying glasses, and appropriate body armor) – will be presented in erudite detail by eight of our contributors.

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  • Years pass, Kelvin dutifully continues to press the button, but sleep deprivation, alcoholism, and general poor health take its toll and he dies.

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  • So when Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams screamed, Paul Martin dutifully backed up the truck and unloaded $2 billion in new equalization payments.


  • The captain dutifully showed up, as did the Iraqi officers, who were a little late because they had to be escorted in by American

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  • Their calves answered them dutifully from the English grass paddock, and between the two I could see Mr. U---'s tall figure stalking down the flat with his cattle dog at his heels, and hear his merry whistle shrilling through the silent air.

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  • “Repeat after me,” he would say in his special tutorial tone; if either of us had had the strength we would have teased him, but instead we repeated each word dutifully, my Lady on a divan against the far wall, me lying flat on the floor beneath the workbench.

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