overscruple

scruple

[skroo-puhl]
noun
1.
a moral or ethical consideration or standard that acts as a restraining force or inhibits certain actions.
2.
a very small portion or amount.
3.
a unit of weight equal to 20 grains (1.295 grams) or 1/3 of a dram, apothecaries' weight.
4.
an ancient Roman unit of weight equivalent to 1/24 of an ounce or 1/288 of an as or pound. Compare as2 ( def 2 ).
verb (used without object), scrupled, scrupling.
5.
to have scruples.
verb (used with object), scrupled, scrupling.
6.
to have scruples about; hesitate at.

Origin:
1350–1400; (< French scrupule) < Latin scrūpulus unit of weight, worry, precaution equivalent to scrūp(us) rough pebble + -ulus -ule; replacing earlier scriple, Middle English < Latin scrīpulum (variant scriptulum) small weight, pebble, alteration of scrūpulus by association with scrīptum writing (see script; for sense relation cf. gram)

scrupleless, adjective
overscruple, verb, overscrupled, overscrupling.
unscrupled, adjective


1. qualm, compunction, restraint. 6. waver.
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scruple (ˈskruːpəl)
 
n
1.  (often plural) a doubt or hesitation as to what is morally right in a certain situation
2.  archaic a very small amount
3.  a unit of weight equal to 20 grains (1.296 grams)
4.  an ancient Roman unit of weight equivalent to approximately one twenty-fourth of an ounce
 
vb
5.  (obsolete when tr) to have doubts (about), esp for a moral reason
 
[C16: from Latin scrūpulus a small weight, from scrūpus rough stone]
 
'scrupleless
 
adj

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scruple
1520s, from O.Fr. scrupule (14c.), from L. scrupulus "uneasiness, anxiety, pricking of conscience," lit. "small sharp stone," dim. of scrupus "sharp stone or pebble," used figuratively by Cicero for a cause of uneasiness or anxiety, probably from the notion of having a pebble in one's shoe. The verb
meaning "to have or make scruples" is attested from 1620s. A more literal L. sense of "small unit of weight or measurement" is attested in English from late 14c.
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scruple scru·ple (skrōō'pəl)
n.

  1. An uneasy feeling arising from conscience or principle that tends to hinder action.

  2. A unit of apothecary weight that is equal to about 1.3 grams, or 20 grains.

  3. A minute part or amount.

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