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punctilious

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

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

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punctate keratoderma, punctatim, punctation, punctiform, punctilio, punctilious, punctual, punctuality, punctually, punctuate, punctuated equilibrium

Origin of punctilious

First recorded in 1625–35; punctili(o) + -ous
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Can be confusedpunctilious punctual
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British Dictionary definitions for punctilious

punctilious

/ (pʌŋkˈtɪlɪəs) /

adjective

paying scrupulous attention to correctness in etiquette
attentive to detail
Derived Formspunctiliously, adverbpunctiliousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for punctilious

punctilious


adj.

1630s, probably from Italian puntiglioso, from puntiglio "fine point," from Latin punctum "prick" (see point (n.)). Related: Punctiliously; punctiliousness.

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