To be duteous is to be conscious of your duties and diligent in performing them. A duteous employee gets to work on time, meets every deadline, and never gossips about the boss.

A duty is a responsibility or obligation, so to be duteous is to be mindful of one’s duties. A doctor who makes a home visit is duteous. A waiter who is quick and accurate is duteous. Being duteous suggests diligence and respect for the task at hand. In some professions — like being a butler — the whole job is based on being duteous, but you can be duteous in any task you take seriously.

Definitions of duteous
  1. adjective
    willingly obedient out of a sense of duty and respect
    “Patient Griselda was a duteous wife”
    synonyms: dutiful
    dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
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