- 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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Antonyms for meticulous
Related Words for meticulousnessfastidiousness, pain, consciousness, carefulness, spotlight, concern, punctiliousness, awareness, care, TLC, painstaking
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Contemporary Examples of meticulousness
For one, the kind of patience and meticulousness required to make something beautiful.Tilda Swinton and Oliver Saillard Perform the Creation of Fashion in ‘Eternity Dress’
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Historical Examples of meticulousness
- very precise about details, even trivial ones; painstaking
Word Origin for meticulous
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.