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meticulous

[muh-tik-yuh-luh s] /məˈtɪk yə ləs/
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
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin metīculōsus full of fear, fearful, equivalent to metī- for metū- (stem of metus fear) + -culōsus, extracted from perīculōsus perilous
Related forms
meticulously, adverb
meticulousness, meticulosity
[muh-tik-yuh-los-i-tee] /məˌtɪk yəˈlɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
unmeticulous, adjective
unmeticulously, adverb
unmeticulousness, noun
Synonyms
1. exact, strict, scrupulous. See painstaking.
Antonyms
1, 2. careless.
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  • Students are instructed to cite meticulously, write flawlessly in no more than 5 pages.
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British Dictionary definitions for meticulously

meticulous

/mɪˈtɪkjʊləs/
adjective
1.
very precise about details, even trivial ones; painstaking
Derived Forms
meticulously, adverb
meticulousness, noun
Word Origin
C16 (meaning: timid): from Latin meticulōsus fearful, from metus fear
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Word Origin and History for meticulously
adv.

1680s, from meticulous + -ly (2).

meticulous

adj.

1530s, "fearful, timid," from Latin meticulosus "fearful, timid," literally "full of fear," from metus "fear, dread, apprehension, anxiety," of unknown origin. Sense of "fussy about details" is first recorded in English 1827, from French méticuleux "timorously fussy." Related: Meticulosity.

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