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dutiful adj : willingly obedient out of a sense of duty and respect; "a dutiful child"; "a dutiful citizen"; "Patient Griselda was a chaste and duteous wife"; [syn: duteous]

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  1. Accepting of one's legal or moral obligations and willing to do them well, and without complaint.
    Ralph was a dutiful child, and took the trash out without being told.
  2. Pertaining to one's duty; demonstrative of one's sense of duty.
    The sergeant maintained a dutiful shine on his boots.

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