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
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.
Example Sentences for scrupulous
Scrupulous fossil collectors are careful always to get permission.
The subjects also read about scrupulous coffee drinkers and bookkeepers.
The city's sanitized vision turns to vapor and still less scrupulous dwellers take over again.
It has also been put together with scrupulous attention to the needs of the non-academic reader.
These comparisons are notoriously tricky to deploy in an ethically scrupulous way.
The emperor condemned his too scrupulous fears and credulity, and made her ample amends.
In his political zeal he was not always scrupulous as to historical accuracy.
The familiar essay is easier to write than the short story, but it imposes equal restraints on a scrupulous author.
From this experience he acquired a particular talent for curing scrupulous consciences, and a singular light to discern them.
One thing about them was conspicuous: their scrupulous neatness.
British Dictionary definitions for scrupulous
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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Word Origin and History for scrupulous
scrupulous
late 15c., from Fr. scrupuleux (16c.) or directly from L. scrupulosus, from scrupulus (see scruple). Related: Scrupulously.
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