Meaning of dutifully in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdjuːtɪf(ə)li/ /ˈdʒuːtɪf(ə)li/


  • 1In a conscientious or obedient manner.

    ‘I dutifully reported the accident’
    ‘I dutifully obeyed his instructions’
    • ‘Instead, dutifully, I do my homework.’
    • ‘Dutifully and respectfully, he signs for each person, even until the wee hours of the morning if need be.’
    • ‘All of these aspects of Pemberley's business were handled efficiently and dutifully by her husband.’
    • ‘He conducted his diocesan visitations regularly and dutifully.’
    • ‘She dutifully attends sessions, where she prepares meals for her therapist.’
    • ‘Gus, a handsome, kind, but slightly slow lad, loves his father and dutifully follows his commands.’
    • ‘Frank and Buster dutifully flew their airplane between their homestead and the town, looking for people to help.’
    • ‘Despite her shock and outrage, she dutifully sticks by Frank's side as he sees a psychiatrist.’
    • ‘We go to Mass, receive the sacraments, and pray dutifully every day.’
    • ‘So during the war of independence, the Chilean rural population fought dutifully side by side with the local national elite against the Spanish army.’
    1. 1.1In a manner motivated by duty rather than desire or enthusiasm.
      ‘we all dutifully applauded the support act’
      ‘she listened dutifully to Nate's excited talk’
      • ‘When he clowned people laughed dutifully, when he cut a caper they applauded reverentially.’
      • ‘I should have thrown them in the bin and rustled up hash and eggs but instead we munched dutifully through the tasteless things.’
      • ‘It was cold, wet and windy but I plodded dutifully from one shop to the next, picking up brochures and chatting up assistants.’
      • ‘I looked dutifully at the salad bar, thought worse of it, and went for a hot lunch instead.’
      • ‘Less than two weeks from now, as voters dutifully trudge to those polls, it is unlikely that there will be much brooding about the future of Western civilization.’
      • ‘Every so often, we hear it's imminent and columnists like myself dutifully churn out our ' Can we trust them? '’
      • ‘We dutifully recite those words at Mass, maybe thinking about what we'll eat for lunch.’
      • ‘Both had brought contingents of their supporters who clapped dutifully, but the hostility of large sections of the audience was palpable.’
      • ‘The unwished-for hospitality of a tiresome old lady, on the other hand, must be repaid dutifully several times over.’
      • ‘Young James watched dutifully with his parents but one would suspect that his interest lay more in the wheelhouse and pressing buttons.’



/ˈdjuːtɪf(ə)li/ /ˈdʒuːtɪf(ə)li/