- 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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Examples from the Web for conscientiously
Suppose my hotel “conscientiously objects” to hosting a gay couple.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
A few additional authors have conscientiously penned the wars as researched or imagined or mythologized—but not as lived.Send in the Marines—and the Anthropologists too?
John Kael Weston
August 23, 2013
Or vaccinations (although there are individuals who conscientiously object to those as well).The Contraception Fight
February 9, 2012
When an opportunity offered, he rested them conscientiously.The Secret Agent
It was a beauty prize that the jury had conscientiously awarded to Marie Lloyd.My Double Life
She was working on it silently and conscientiously, ironing the puffs and insertions.L'Assommoir
"This is the smoking-room," said Eric, conscientiously firm and unimpressed.The Education of Eric Lane
Women have voted as universally and as conscientiously as men.
- involving or taking great care; painstaking; diligent
- governed by or done according to conscience
Word Origin and History for conscientiously
1610s, from Middle French conscientieux (16c.; Modern French consciencieux), from Medieval Latin conscientiosus, from conscientia (see conscience). Related: Conscientiously; conscientiousness.