- governed by conscience; controlled by or done according to one's inner sense of what is right; principled: She's a conscientious judge, who does not let personal prejudices influence her decisions.
- careful and painstaking; particular; meticulous; scrupulous: conscientious application to the work at hand.
Origin of conscientious
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Examples from the Web for over-conscientious
The over-conscientious parent will disgust one child and make a fanatic of another.Self Knowledge and Guide to Sex Instruction
T. W. Shannon
The over-conscientious individual may object that it is selfish to consider his own comfort when he has work to do for others.Why Worry?
George Lincoln Walton, M.D.
Hers was one of those involved and over-conscientious characters, keenly sensitive to the thought of duty and to others, pain.The Crux
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
There is a word of warning which should here be spoken to the over-conscientious student.Talks on the study of literature.
But the obstinacy of an over-conscientious person who has a duty to perform is appalling.A Lady of Rome
F. Marion Crawford
- involving or taking great care; painstaking; diligent
- governed by or done according to conscience
Word Origin and History for over-conscientious
1610s, from Middle French conscientieux (16c.; Modern French consciencieux), from Medieval Latin conscientiosus, from conscientia (see conscience). Related: Conscientiously; conscientiousness.