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[kon-shee-en-shuh s, kon-see-]
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  1. governed by conscience; controlled by or done according to one's inner sense of what is right; principled: She's a conscientious judge, who does not let personal prejudices influence her decisions.
  2. careful and painstaking; particular; meticulous; scrupulous: conscientious application to the work at hand.
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Origin of conscientious

1605–15; < Medieval Latin conscientiōsus, equivalent to Latin conscienti(a) conscience + -ōsus -ous
Related formscon·sci·en·tious·ly, adverbcon·sci·en·tious·ness, nounhy·per·con·sci·en·tious, adjectivehy·per·con·sci·en·tious·ly, adverbhy·per·con·sci·en·tious·ness, nouno·ver·con·sci·en·tious, adjectiveo·ver·con·sci·en·tious·ly, adverbun·con·sci·en·tious, adjectiveun·con·sci·en·tious·ly, adverbun·con·sci·en·tious·ness, noun


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1. just, upright, honest, faithful, devoted, dedicated. 2. See painstaking.
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Examples from the Web for unconscientious

Historical Examples

  • Often, unconscientious pleasure-seekers roam the roads in their auto.


    Henry Stanton

  • That woman ought not to be at large—so rich and good-looking and unconscientious!

    A Cathedral Courtship

    Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • Yet it is one of the most unconscientious diaries ever written.

    Sophy of Kravonia

    Anthony Hope

  • I trust that you have given me credit, Mr. Gammon, for offering no vexatious or unconscientious obstacles.

  • Nay, but God forbid that any unconscientious advantage should be taken on my behalf!

British Dictionary definitions for unconscientious


  1. involving or taking great care; painstaking; diligent
  2. governed by or done according to conscience
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Derived Formsconscientiously, adverbconscientiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unconscientious



1610s, from Middle French conscientieux (16c.; Modern French consciencieux), from Medieval Latin conscientiosus, from conscientia (see conscience). Related: Conscientiously; conscientiousness.

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