[ muh-tik-yuh-luhs ]
/ məˈtɪk yə ləs /
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Origin of meticulous
First recorded in1525–35; from Latin metīculōsus “full of fear, fearful,” equivalent to metī- for metū- (stem of metus “fear”) + -culōsus, extracted from perīculōsus “dangerous” (see perilous)
synonym study for meticulous
1. See painstaking.
OTHER WORDS FROM meticulousme·tic·u·lous·ly, adverbme·tic·u·los·i·ty [muh-tik-yuh-los-i-tee], /məˌtɪk yəˈlɒs ɪ ti/, me·tic·u·lous·ness, nounun·me·tic·u·lous, adjectiveun·me·tic·u·lous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for meticulous
/ (mɪˈtɪkjʊləs) /
very precise about details, even trivial ones; painstaking
Derived forms of meticulousmeticulously, adverbmeticulousness, noun
Word Origin for meticulous
C16 (meaning: timid): from Latin meticulōsus fearful, from metus fear
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