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scrupulous

[skroo-pyuh-luh s] /ˈskru pyə ləs/
adjective
1.
having scruples, or moral or ethical standards; having or showing a strict regard for what one considers right; principled:
scrupulous about defending human rights.
2.
punctiliously or minutely careful, precise, or exact:
a scrupulous attention to detail in their performance.
Origin of scrupulous
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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  • He had once been too scrupulous in not wounding vanity; he was now too indifferent to it.

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  • "It's only your sense of the scrupulous," Collingwood replied.

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  • But I am afraid that you was too scrupulous: for did he not resent that reference?

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  • But he was almost oppressively refined and scrupulous and high-minded.

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British Dictionary definitions for scrupulous

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 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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