- extremely attentive to punctilios; strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct or actions.
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Related Words for punctiliousceremonious, conscientious, conventional, exact, formal, fussy, heedful, meticulous, nice, observant, painstaking, particular, persnickety, precise, proper, punctual, scrupulous, strict, conscionable, formalistic
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Contemporary Examples of punctilious
The Tory revolutionary was so punctilious and respectful of her monarch it was almost embarrassing.
Denis Thatcher got on well with the Queen Mother, enjoyed a drink as much as she did, and was punctilious about royal protocol.
Historical Examples of punctilious
Indeed I think you are too punctilious a great deal for you situation.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The detectives had been punctilious to avoid ruffling the sensibilities of any and all.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
What he discovered justified all the years of punctilious discharge of his duties.The Stutterer
Their relation had never been sentimental, but he had always been punctilious.The Coast of Chance
Now Pitt was neat and punctilious in his attire, but he was no dandy.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
- paying scrupulous attention to correctness in etiquette
- attentive to detail
1630s, probably from Italian puntiglioso, from puntiglio "fine point," from Latin punctum "prick" (see point (n.)). Related: Punctiliously; punctiliousness.