compunctious

[kuh m-puhngk-shuh s]

adjective

causing or feeling compunction; regretful.

Origin of compunctious

First recorded in 1595–1605; compunct(ion) + -ious
Related formscom·punc·tious·ly, adverb
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Related Words for compunctious

apologetic, contrite, penitent, regretful, repentant, sorry

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Word Origin and History for compunctious
adj.

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

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