Definition of duteous in English:

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duteous

Pronunciation: /ˈdjuːtɪəs/

adjective

archaic
Dutiful: a duteous vassal
More example sentences
  • She is ever duteous when addressing them, but betrays her true character to the audience.
  • Everything was changing its aspect: her husband's conduct, her own duteous feeling towards him, every struggle between them - and yet more, her whole relation to him.
  • It is true that the majority physicians are duteous to their patients.

Derivatives

duteously

adverb
Example sentences
  • Patches of skin and blood were found on various living room walls and the cops had duteously sent several wallpaper swatches to the crime lab, skin and blood intact.
  • This approach, in which Mainland China makes the judgment and Hong Kong duteously follows, highlights the most dangerous aspect of the proposed law.
  • He emptied the compartments duteously, packed the unsold goods in large canvas sacks, tidying them away behind the two bottom doors of his cart.

duteousness

noun
Example sentences
  • To that extent, the duteousness and passivity implied by the Protestant work ethic are truly dead.
  • Surveillance is, plenty simply, the reaction of vigil people, objects or processes for duteousness to exact expected norms.
  • Is love the ultimate essential factor in a marriage, or is it the duteousness and fidelity?

Origin

Late 16th century: from duty, on the pattern of words such as bounteous.

Words that rhyme with duteous

beauteous

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: du|teous

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