- 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
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Examples from the Web for meticulously
She showed me a set of drawers, revealing a meticulously kept filing system of all her jokes.Joan Rivers: 'Death Is Like Plastic Surgery'
September 4, 2014
The hospital turned to Brantly, who is meticulously cautious and profoundly compassionate.‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’: Minnesota Widow on Her Husband
July 30, 2014
Many of the companies in the top 100 have been investing in and meticulously tending to their brands for decades.Yes We Can Still Market: Why U.S. Brands Remain World’s Most Valuable
June 1, 2014
Scenes of various moments—eating, showering, being interrogated—are meticulously replicated almost in life size.The Agony and the Ecstasy of Ai Weiwei
May 15, 2014
She meticulously de-glams, forcing her flowing brown hair into a tight bun.‘Camp X-Ray,’ A Kristen Stewart-Starring Guantanamo Bay Film, Premieres at Sundance
January 18, 2014
Furthermore, her face and body were meticulously symmetrical.The Perfectionists
What little hair he did have left was meticulously shaved off every morning.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett
But once he realized that, he meticulously joked about them.At the Post
Horace Leonard Gold
It may be putting it strong; but it is also meticulously and simply—true.Through Our Unknown Southwest
Agnes C. Laut
Very often they are of all men the most meticulously mannered.Preaching and Paganism
Albert Parker Fitch
- very precise about details, even trivial ones; painstaking
Word Origin and History for meticulously
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.