compunctious

[kuh m-puhngk-shuh s]

adjective

causing or feeling compunction; regretful.

Nearby words

  1. compulsive personality,
  2. compulsively,
  3. compulsory,
  4. compulsory purchase,
  5. compunction,
  6. compurgation,
  7. compurgator,
  8. computation,
  9. computational,
  10. computational complexity

Origin of compunctious

First recorded in 1595–1605; compunct(ion) + -ious

Related formscom·punc·tious·ly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for compunctious

compunctious

adj.

c.1600, from stem of compunction + -ous. Related: Compunctiously; compunctiousness.

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