[ 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.

Origin of scrupulous

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

synonym study for scrupulous

2. 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 forms of scrupulous

scrupulously, adverbscrupulousness, noun

Word Origin for scrupulous

C15: from Latin scrūpulōsus punctilious
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