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scrupulous

[skroo-pyuh-luh s] /ˈskru pyə ləs/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin scrūpulōsus. See scruple, -ous
Related forms
scrupulosity
[skroo-pyuh-los-i-tee] /ˌskru pyəˈlɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
scrupulousness, noun
scrupulously, adverb
hyperscrupulosity, noun
hyperscrupulous, adjective
hyperscrupulously, adverb
hyperscrupulousness, noun
underscrupulous, adjective
underscrupulously, adverb
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
2. careless.
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Examples from the web for scrupulosity
  • No judge is so cruel as he who indemnifies himself for scrupulosity in cases of blood by license in affairs of smaller importance.
  • Yet it must have been wonderful, too, his incredible scrupulosity that pursued every thought to the end of its tether.
  • The opposite of sociopathy may be referred to as character or scrupulosity.
British Dictionary definitions for scrupulosity

scrupulous

/ˈskruːpjʊləs/
adjective
1.
characterized by careful observation of what is morally right
2.
very careful or precise
Derived Forms
scrupulously, adverb
scrupulousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin scrūpulōsus punctilious
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Word Origin and History for scrupulosity

scrupulous

adj.

mid-15c., from Anglo-French scrupulus, Middle French scrupuleux, or directly from Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus (see scruple). Related: Scrupulously; scrupulousness.

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