[ skroo-pyuh-luhs ]
/ ˈskru pyə ləs /


having scruples, or moral or ethical standards; having or showing a strict regard for what one considers right; principled: scrupulous about defending human rights.
punctiliously or minutely careful, precise, or exact: a scrupulous attention to detail in their performance.

Nearby words

  1. scrunch,
  2. scruncheon,
  3. scrunchie,
  4. scrunchy,
  5. scruple,
  6. scrutable,
  7. scrutator,
  8. scrutineer,
  9. scrutinise,
  10. scrutinization

Origin of scrupulous

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word scrūpulōsus. See scruple, -ous

SYNONYMS FOR scrupulous
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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British Dictionary definitions for scrupulous


/ (ˈskruːpjʊləs) /


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

Word Origin for scrupulous

C15: from Latin scrūpulōsus punctilious

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