- taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough: a meticulous craftsman; meticulous personal appearance.
- finicky; fussy: meticulous adherence to technicalities.
Origin of meticulous
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Examples from the Web for meticulous
Rick suggests a Woodbury-esque sneak attack on the hospital and lays out a meticulous strategy relying heavily on timing and luck.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale
November 24, 2014
In a line of business built on meticulous order, the inner workings of Spinal Solutions were a study in disorder.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
Without overshadowing his talented counterparts, Cedar commands the stage with a meticulous mix of stoicism and candor.The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)
October 26, 2014
It took a special, meticulous kind of person to accomplish the undertaking, someone with brains, patience, and nerves of steel.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
He admitted responsibility without hesitation, and in meticulous, grisly detail.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
At least in his early works, he was meticulous in his research.Quotes and Images From "Celebrated Crimes"
Alexander Dumas, Pere
He was a thin and meticulous man, and he operated his ship with mechanical perfection.Death Wish
It is impossible to give you an idea of such a meticulous neatness.Falk
Casey nervously undid a shoelace, retieing it with meticulous care.Terry
Charles Goff Thomson
They spare him the trouble of meticulous investigation of unimportant facts.Days Off
Henry Van Dyke
- very precise about details, even trivial ones; painstaking
Word Origin and History for meticulous
1530s, "fearful, timid," from Latin meticulosus "fearful, timid," literally "full of fear," from metus "fear, dread, apprehension, anxiety," of unknown origin. Sense of "fussy about details" is first recorded in English 1827, from French méticuleux "timorously fussy." Related: Meticulosity.