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scrupulous

[skroo-pyuh-luhs]
adjective
  1. having scruples, or moral or ethical standards; having or showing a strict regard for what one considers right; principled: scrupulous about defending human rights.
  2. punctiliously or minutely careful, precise, or exact: a scrupulous attention to detail in their performance.
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Origin of scrupulous

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word scrūpulōsus. See scruple, -ous
Related formsscru·pu·los·i·ty [skroo-pyuh-los-i-tee] /ˌskru pyəˈlɒs ɪ ti/, scru·pu·lous·ness, nounscru·pu·lous·ly, adverbhy·per·scru·pu·los·i·ty, nounhy·per·scru·pu·lous, adjectivehy·per·scru·pu·lous·ly, adverbhy·per·scru·pu·lous·ness, nounun·der·scru·pu·lous, adjectiveun·der·scru·pu·lous·ly, adverb

Synonyms

1. conscientious, cautious, careful, circumspect. 2. exacting, rigorous. Scrupulous, punctilious imply abiding exactly by rules. Scrupulous implies conscientious carefulness in attending to details: scrupulous attention to details. Punctilious suggests strictness, preciseness, and rigidity, especially in observance of social conventions.

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Examples from the Web for scrupulosity

Historical Examples

  • All things were enrobed wid verisimilitude an' scrupulosity.

    Going To Maynooth

    William Carleton

  • She feared to sin, not because of scrupulosity, but because of the world's opinion.

    Iconoclasts

    James Huneker

  • Scrupulosity in this matter is far less dangerous than indifference.

    The Gospel of St. John

    Frederick Denison Maurice

  • Age looks with anger on the temerity of youth, and youth with contempt on the scrupulosity of age.

    Rasselas

    Samuel Johnson

  • Mark has an editorial comment about the scrupulosity of the Jews.


British Dictionary definitions for scrupulosity

scrupulous

adjective
  1. characterized by careful observation of what is morally right
  2. very careful or precise
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Derived Formsscrupulously, adverbscrupulousness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin scrūpulōsus punctilious
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Word Origin and History for scrupulosity

scrupulous

adj.

mid-15c., from Anglo-French scrupulus, Middle French scrupuleux, or directly from Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus (see scruple). Related: Scrupulously; scrupulousness.

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