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punctilious

[puhngk-til-ee-uh s] /pʌŋkˈtɪl i əs/
adjective
1.
extremely attentive to punctilios; strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct or actions.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; punctili(o) + -ous
Related forms
punctiliously, adverb
punctiliousness, noun
unpunctilious, adjective
unpunctiliously, adverb
unpunctiliousness, noun
Can be confused
punctilious, punctual.
Synonyms
precise, demanding; careful, conscientious. See scrupulous.
Antonyms
careless.
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  • Both companies were punctilious about delisting people who asked for their names to be removed.
British Dictionary definitions for punctilious

punctilious

/pʌŋkˈtɪlɪəs/
adjective
1.
paying scrupulous attention to correctness in etiquette
2.
attentive to detail
Derived Forms
punctiliously, adverb
punctiliousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for punctilious
adj.

1630s, probably from Italian puntiglioso, from puntiglio "fine point," from Latin punctum "prick" (see point (n.)). Related: Punctiliously; punctiliousness.

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