meticulous [m uh- tik-y uh-l uhs] Synonyms Word Origin taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough: a meticulous craftsman; meticulous personal appearance. finicky; fussy: meticulous adherence to technicalities. Origin of meticulous 1525–35;
full of fear, fearful, equivalent to
perīculōsus perilous Related forms me·tic·u·lous·ly, adverb me·tic·u·lous·ness, me·tic·u·los·i·ty , [m uh-tik-y uh- los-i-tee] /məˌtɪk yəˈlɒs ɪ ti/ noun un·me·tic·u·lous, adjective un·me·tic·u·lous·ly, adverb un·me·tic·u·lous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for meticulosity very precise about details, even trivial ones; painstaking Derived Forms meticulously, adverb meticulousness, noun Word Origin
C16 (meaning: timid): from Latin
meticulōsus fearful, from metus fear
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Word Origin and History for meticulosity meticulous adj.
1530s, "fearful, timid," from Latin
meticulosus "fearful, timid," literally "full of fear," from metus "fear, dread, apprehension, anxiety," of unknown origin. Sense of "fussy about details" is first recorded in English 1827, from French méticuleux "timorously fussy." Related: Meticulosity.
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