Du"ti*ful (?), a.
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; as, a dutiful son or daughter; a dutiful ward or servant; a dutiful subject.
Controlled by, proceeding from, a sense of duty; respectful; deferential; as, dutiful affection.
Syn. -- Duteous; obedient; reverent; reverential; submissive; docile; respectful; compliant.
-- Du"ti*ful*ly, adv. -- Du"ti*ful*ness, n.
© Webster 1913.