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[skroo-pyuh-luh s] /ˈskru pyə ləs/
having scruples, or moral or ethical standards; having or showing a strict regard for what one considers right; principled:
scrupulous about defending human rights.
punctiliously or minutely careful, precise, or exact:
a scrupulous attention to detail in their performance.
Origin of scrupulous
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Latin word scrūpulōsus. See scruple, -ous
Related forms
[skroo-pyuh-los-i-tee] /ˌskru pyəˈlɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
scrupulousness, noun
scrupulously, adverb
hyperscrupulosity, noun
hyperscrupulous, adjective
hyperscrupulously, adverb
hyperscrupulousness, noun
underscrupulous, adjective
underscrupulously, adverb
1. conscientious, cautious, careful, circumspect. 2. exacting, rigorous. Scrupulous, punctilious imply abiding exactly by rules. Scrupulous implies conscientious carefulness in attending to details: scrupulous attention to details. Punctilious suggests strictness, preciseness, and rigidity, especially in observance of social conventions.
2. careless. Unabridged
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  • She is becoming just, scrupulous, humane, and therefore she is doomed.

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  • Then he endeavored to do right with the most scrupulous exactitude.

  • "It's only your sense of the scrupulous," Collingwood replied.

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  • There have been tricks, unbefitting the dealings of scrupulous Christian men.

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  • But he was almost oppressively refined and scrupulous and high-minded.

    Lady Connie Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for scrupulous


characterized by careful observation of what is morally right
very careful or precise
Derived Forms
scrupulously, adverb
scrupulousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin scrūpulōsus punctilious
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Word Origin and History for scrupulous

mid-15c., from Anglo-French scrupulus, Middle French scrupuleux, or directly from Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus (see scruple). Related: Scrupulously; scrupulousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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