scrupulous

[skroo-pyuh-luhs]
adjective
1.
having scruples; having or showing a strict regard for what one considers right; principled.
2.
punctiliously or minutely careful, precise, or exact: a scrupulous performance.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin scrūpulōsus. See scruple, -ous

scrupulosity [skroo-pyuh-los-i-tee] , scrupulousness, noun
scrupulously, adverb
hyperscrupulosity, noun
hyperscrupulous, adjective
hyperscrupulously, adverb
hyperscrupulousness, noun
underscrupulous, adjective
underscrupulously, adverb


1. conscientious, cautious, careful, circumspect. 2. exacting, rigorous. Scrupulous, punctilious imply abiding exactly by rules. Scrupulous implies conscientious carefulness in attending to details: scrupulous attention to details. Punctilious suggests strictness, preciseness, and rigidity, especially in observance of social conventions.


2. careless.
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scrupulous (ˈskruːpjʊləs)
 
adj
1.  characterized by careful observation of what is morally right
2.  very careful or precise
 
[C15: from Latin scrūpulōsus punctilious]
 
'scrupulously
 
adv
 
'scrupulousness
 
n

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scrupulous
late 15c., from Fr. scrupuleux (16c.) or directly from L. scrupulosus, from scrupulus (see scruple). Related: Scrupulously.
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