What does the word dutiful mean?

Usage examples for dutiful

  1. All this only fanned the child's vehement affection; and tenderly as her grandmother would sometimes caress her- while Mary on her part never failed in dutiful obedience- neither of them ever felt a true and steady warmth of heart towards the other; and for this Paula was no doubt to blame, though against her will and by her mere existence. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. " So from that day to this he has been a dutiful son to me as well as to the poor blind widow who may also be his mother. – The Book of Gud by Dan Spain Harold Hersey
  3. Accordingly, a Covenant engagement, in which there is promised more than what is dutiful, is not lawful. – The Ordinance of Covenanting by John Cunningham
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