- extremely attentive to punctilios; strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct or actions.
Origin of punctilious
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precise, demanding; careful, conscientious. See scrupulous.
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Examples from the Web for punctiliousness
It must be confessed that this species of punctiliousness was carried too far.
Kilbourne's punctiliousness was exaggerated, but she thought she understood it.A Sheaf of Corn
Mary E. Mann
This punctiliousness about titles has more in it than shews at first sight.Sebastian Bach
Reginald Lane Poole
These embassies were always conducted with punctiliousness and gravity.Stover at Yale
And that is the end of the story of the punctiliousness of Don Sebastian.Orientations
William Somerset Maugham
- paying scrupulous attention to correctness in etiquette
- attentive to detail
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Word Origin and History for punctiliousness
1630s, probably from Italian puntiglioso, from puntiglio "fine point," from Latin punctum "prick" (see point (n.)). Related: Punctiliously; punctiliousness.
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