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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Definitions for meticulous

  1. Extremely or excessively careful about details.

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Citations for meticulous
How much work gets done in the fall perennial garden depends somewhat on whether your gardening tendencies lean toward the meticulous or toward the casual. Mary Robson, The Seattle Times
Whatever else he taught me about science, Schotté also helped me understand that meticulous attention to detail and patience are as important to problem solving as a grand vision. David Kessler, A Question of Intent: A Great American Battle With a Deadly Industry
Origin of meticulous
Meticulous ultimately derives from Latin meticulosus "fearful" (from metus, "fear"). The present sense stems from French méticuleux "overscrupulous." In present day English, the word usually carries a more positive connotation and is synonymous with precise and punctilious.