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meticulous

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

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin metīculōsus “full of fear, fearful,” equivalent to metī- for metū- (stem of metus “fear”) + -culōsus, extracted from perīculōsus “dangerous” (see perilous)
1. See painstaking.
me·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

meticulous
/ (mɪˈtɪkjʊləs) /

adjective

very precise about details, even trivial ones; painstaking
meticulously, adverbmeticulousness, noun
C16 (meaning: timid): from Latin meticulōsus fearful, from metus fear
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