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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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RELATED WORDS

fastidiousness, pain, consciousness, carefulness, spotlight, concern, punctiliousness, awareness, care, TLC, painstaking

Nearby words

methyltransferase, methyltrinitrobenzene, methysergide, metic, metical, meticulous, meticulously, meticulousness, metier, metis, metmb

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
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1. See painstaking.
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  • For one, the kind of patience and meticulousness required to make something beautiful.

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  • The whole area was under Roman rule and was subjected to the industriousness and meticulousness of Empire.

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  • But most of its contents suffer, not merely from Naturalist grime, but from Naturalist meticulousness.

British Dictionary definitions for meticulousness

meticulous

/ (mɪˈtɪkjʊləs) /

adjective

very precise about details, even trivial ones; painstaking
Derived Formsmeticulously, adverbmeticulousness, noun

Word Origin for meticulous

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