[kon-shee-en-shuh s, kon-see-]
- 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.
- careful and painstaking; particular; meticulous; scrupulous: conscientious application to the work at hand.
Origin of conscientious
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1. just, upright, honest, faithful, devoted, dedicated. 2. See painstaking.
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Examples from the Web for unconscientiously
I suppose he may have used some irritating expressions, unconsciously, but not unconscientiously, I am sure.Over the Teacups
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
- involving or taking great care; painstaking; diligent
- governed by or done according to conscience
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Word Origin and History for unconscientiously
1610s, from Middle French conscientieux (16c.; Modern French consciencieux), from Medieval Latin conscientiosus, from conscientia (see conscience). Related: Conscientiously; conscientiousness.
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