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conscientious

[kon-shee-en-shuh s, kon-see-] /ˌkɒn ʃiˈɛn ʃəs, ˌkɒn si-/
adjective
1.
controlled by or done according to one's inner sense of what is right; governed by conscience; principled:
a conscientious judge.
2.
careful and painstaking; particular; meticulous; scrupulous:
conscientious application to the work at hand.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Medieval Latin conscientiōsus, equivalent to Latin conscienti(a) conscience + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
conscientiously, adverb
conscientiousness, noun
hyperconscientious, adjective
hyperconscientiously, adverb
hyperconscientiousness, noun
nonconscientious, adjective
nonconscientiously, adverb
nonconscientiousness, noun
overconscientious, adjective
overconscientiously, adverb
overconscientiousness, noun
quasi-conscientious, adjective
quasi-conscientiously, adverb
unconscientious, adjective
unconscientiously, adverb
unconscientiousness, noun
Synonyms
1. just, upright, honest, faithful, devoted, dedicated. 2. See painstaking.
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  • conscientious, ethical journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty.
  • Being an informed and conscientious citizen is important.
  • Some instructors are conscientious in evaluating students' papers and providing constructive feedback.
  • Encounter cultural diversity while remaining a conscientious and responsible traveler.
  • Some are conscientious professionals who help provide research cadavers.
  • It becomes harder to distinguish between conscientious job-seekers and dilatory ones.
  • And older workers may cost more but they are often more conscientious and their experience is valuable.
  • Most people would say they are environmentally conscientious.
  • He tried to get out of the military as a conscientious objector after that.
  • For one thing, you are so conscientious that you would let it absorb your whole energy.
British Dictionary definitions for conscientious

conscientious

/ˌkɒnʃɪˈɛnʃəs/
adjective
1.
involving or taking great care; painstaking; diligent
2.
governed by or done according to conscience
Derived Forms
conscientiously, adverb
conscientiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for conscientious
adj.

1610s, from Middle French conscientieux (16c.; Modern French consciencieux), from Medieval Latin conscientiosus, from conscientia (see conscience). Related: Conscientiously; conscientiousness.

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