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undutiful Line breaks: un|duti¦ful
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈdjuːtɪfʊl/

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Definition of undutiful in English:


Not respectful or obedient.
Example sentences
  • Annoyed, the father insisted on driving the ‘undutiful son’ out of the house.
  • But his reputation as a bad head of household dishonored him, and his undutiful behavior toward his mother followed him into the courtroom.
  • He is also undutiful to me, besides being a spendthrift and squanderer.


Pronunciation: /ʌnˈdjuːtɪfʊli/ /ʌnˈdjuːtɪf(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • They were merely old, and their children had undutifully failed to grow up and give them a place by the fire.
  • Like many cases before this where the police have acted inappropriately and undutifully they do not want another damaging case against the faults of the police released to the public.
  • But he was painfully anxious to exculpate himself from the guilt of having acted undutifully and disrespectfully towards France.
Example sentences
  • Disobedience in this regard does not constitute undutifulness to parents.
  • The case as against them is undoubtedly a strong one, and they must be left to defend themselves as best they can against the charge of undutifulness to their mother, the Establishment.
  • Had undutifulness been found among the ignorant people, it might have been a little excusable.
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