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punctilious

[puhngk-til-ee-uh s] /pʌŋkˈtɪl i əs/
adjective
1.
extremely attentive to punctilios; strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct or actions.
Origin of punctilious
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35; punctili(o) + -ous
Related forms
punctiliously, adverb
punctiliousness, noun
unpunctilious, adjective
unpunctiliously, adverb
unpunctiliousness, noun
Can be confused
punctilious, punctual.
Synonyms
precise, demanding; careful, conscientious. See scrupulous.
Antonyms
careless.
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Examples from the Web for punctiliously
Contemporary Examples
  • Otherwise, slavish adaptations–being, punctiliously observant adaptations–are likely to be a dead doornail.

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Historical Examples
  • They were punctiliously polite, too polite for a horse-ranch outfit.

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  • The five shillings were most punctiliously returned from this point, which also we left soon.

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  • Ceremonious etiquette and detail duties were punctiliously observed.

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  • His external religious duties were most punctiliously performed.

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  • punctiliously they saluted, and Clifford strode back to the house.

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  • Again, at the door of Room 18, he punctiliously allowed her to precede him.

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  • All this she felt rather than thought, and she acted on it punctiliously.

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  • He had "Mistered" Loring punctiliously ever since Sophy's disclosure.

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  • We gathered up our note-books and were punctiliously polite.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for punctiliously

punctilious

/pʌŋkˈtɪlɪəs/
adjective
1.
paying scrupulous attention to correctness in etiquette
2.
attentive to detail
Derived Forms
punctiliously, adverb
punctiliousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for punctiliously

punctilious

adj.

1630s, probably from Italian puntiglioso, from puntiglio "fine point," from Latin punctum "prick" (see point (n.)). Related: Punctiliously; punctiliousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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