meticulous

[muh-tik-yuh-luhs]
adjective
1.
taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough: a meticulous craftsman; meticulous personal appearance.
2.
finicky; fussy: meticulous adherence to technicalities.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin metīculōsus full of fear, fearful, equivalent to metī- for metū- (stem of metus fear) + -culōsus, extracted from perīculōsus perilous

meticulously, adverb
meticulousness, meticulosity [muh-tik-yuh-los-i-tee] , noun
unmeticulous, adjective
unmeticulously, adverb
unmeticulousness, noun


1. exact, strict, scrupulous. See painstaking.


1, 2. careless.
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meticulous (mɪˈtɪkjʊləs)
 
adj
very precise about details, even trivial ones; painstaking
 
[C16 (meaning: timid): from Latin meticulōsus fearful, from metus fear]
 
me'ticulously
 
adv
 
me'ticulousness
 
n

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meticulous
1530s, from L. meticulosus "fearful, timid," lit. "full of fear," from metus "fear," of unknown origin. Sense of "fussy about details" is first recorded in English 1827, from Fr. méticuleux. Related: Meticulousness.
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Example sentences
Through meticulous research and interviews, he takes readers beyond the field.
He provided meticulous and compassionate care to his patients.
He's meticulous in every aspect of his life.
His small genre paintings are meticulous as to furnishings and costumes.
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