punctilious

[ puhngk-til-ee-uhs ]
/ pʌŋkˈtɪl i əs /

adjective

extremely attentive to punctilios; strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct or actions.

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Origin of punctilious

First recorded in 1625–35; punctili(o) + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM punctilious

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH punctilious

punctilious punctual
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British Dictionary definitions for punctilious

punctilious
/ (pʌŋkˈtɪlɪəs) /

adjective

paying scrupulous attention to correctness in etiquette
attentive to detail

Derived forms of punctilious

punctiliously, adverbpunctiliousness, noun
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