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[muh-tik-yuh-luh s] /məˈtɪk yə ləs/
taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough:
a meticulous craftsman; meticulous personal appearance.
finicky; fussy:
meticulous adherence to technicalities.
Origin of meticulous
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),
unmeticulous, adjective
unmeticulously, adverb
unmeticulousness, noun
1. exact, strict, scrupulous. See painstaking.
1, 2. careless. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for meticulously
  • But I fear no one will read your articles, no matter how meticulously researched.
  • They have documented it meticulously.
  • It is a marvelous colonial building that has been meticulously restored.
  • Greetings were more formal, more subdued, voices more meticulously polite.
  • He rounds off a workmanlike text, meticulously researched,
  • The second volume again delivers meticulously preserved rare prints.
  • Like any glaze, veal glaze is a meticulously reduced stock.
  • Some are meticulously researched, others thrown together with little if any documentation.
  • Students are instructed to cite meticulously, write flawlessly in no more than 5 pages.
  • The meticulously trained horses are known for being able to perform highly stylized prancing, jumps and other moves.
British Dictionary definitions for meticulously


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

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



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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