meticulous

[ muh-tik-yuh-luhs ]
/ məˈtɪk yə ləs /

adjective

taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough: a meticulous craftsman; meticulous personal appearance.
finicky; fussy: meticulous adherence to technicalities.

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Origin of meticulous

1525–35; < Latin metīculōsus full of fear, fearful, equivalent to metī- for metū- (stem of metus fear) + -culōsus, extracted from perīculōsus perilous

synonym study for meticulous

1. See painstaking.

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meticulous
/ (mɪˈtɪkjʊləs) /

adjective

very precise about details, even trivial ones; painstaking

Derived forms of meticulous

meticulously, adverbmeticulousness, noun

Word Origin for meticulous

C16 (meaning: timid): from Latin meticulōsus fearful, from metus fear
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