[ puhngk-til-ee-uhs ]
/ pʌŋkˈtɪl i əs /
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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
synonym study for punctilious
OTHER WORDS FROM punctilious
punc·til·i·ous·ly, adverbpunc·til·i·ous·ness, nounun·punc·til·i·ous, adjectiveun·punc·til·i·ous·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH punctiliouspunctilious , punctual
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How to use punctilious in a sentence
Otherwise, slavish adaptations–being, punctiliously observant adaptations–are likely to be a dead doornail.Mr. Darcy Comes Out|Nicole LaPorte|September 16, 2009|DAILY BEAST
Thurstane had the army tone; he meant to be punctiliously polite; perhaps he was a little stiff in his politeness.Overland|John William De Forest
He came at last––and came in habitual dignity––punctiliously closing the door behind him and continuing on with grave steps.The Cruise of the Shining Light|Norman Duncan
They will observe human laws punctiliously, but the laws of God they transgress without the flicker of an eyelid.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
Mrs. Arlbery, in common with those who dispense with all forms for themselves, exacted them punctiliously from all others.Camilla|Fanny Burney
Simple bamboo arches crossing the road greeted us everywhere, Mr. Forbes punctiliously raising his hat under every one.The Head Hunters of Northern Luzon From Ifugao to Kalinga|Cornelis De Witt Willcox
British Dictionary definitions for punctilious
/ (pʌŋkˈtɪlɪəs) /
paying scrupulous attention to correctness in etiquette
attentive to detail
Derived forms of punctiliouspunctiliously, adverbpunctiliousness, noun
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