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meticulous

[muh-tik-yuh-luh s] /məˈtɪk yə ləs/
adjective
1.
taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough:
a meticulous craftsman; meticulous personal appearance.
2.
finicky; fussy:
meticulous adherence to technicalities.
Origin of meticulous
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin metīculōsus full of fear, fearful, equivalent to metī- for metū- (stem of metus fear) + -culōsus, extracted from perīculōsus perilous
Related forms
meticulously, adverb
meticulousness, meticulosity
[muh-tik-yuh-los-i-tee] /məˌtɪk yəˈlɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
unmeticulous, adjective
unmeticulously, adverb
unmeticulousness, noun
Synonyms
1. exact, strict, scrupulous.
Antonyms
1, 2. careless.
Synonym Study
1. See painstaking.
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  • At least in his early works, he was meticulous in his research.

  • He was a thin and meticulous man, and he operated his ship with mechanical perfection.

    Death Wish Robert Sheckley
  • It is impossible to give you an idea of such a meticulous neatness.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • 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.

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    Henry Van Dyke
British Dictionary definitions for meticulous

meticulous

/mɪˈtɪkjʊləs/
adjective
1.
very precise about details, even trivial ones; painstaking
Derived Forms
meticulously, adverb
meticulousness, noun
Word Origin
C16 (meaning: timid): from Latin meticulōsus fearful, from metus fear
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Word Origin and History for meticulous
adj.

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.

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