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scrupulous (careful)

Definition:

characterized by extreme care and great effort

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

scrupulousness

Derivative:

scrupulously

Comparative:

more scrupulous

Superlative:

most scrupulous

Similar to:

careful

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

scrupulous attention to details

Etymology:

late Middle English (in the sense "troubled with doubts"): from French...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of scrupulous...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

painstaking | painstakingly [adverb, derived]

extremely careful, especially as to fine detail (7 of 396 words, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/painstaking

Merriam-Webster:

painstaking [entry 1, noun]

the action of taking pains; diligent care and effort (9 of 21 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/painstaking

painstaking [entry 2, adjective] | careful [synonym] | conscientious [synonym] | fussy [synonym] | loving [synonym] | meticulous [synonym] | scrupulous [synonym] | painstakingly [adverb, related] | assiduous [similar] | ...

taking pains; expending, showing, or involving diligent care and effort (10 of 141 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/painstaking show=1

Oxford Dictionary:

painstaking | painstakingly [derived] | painstakingness [derived]

done with or employing great care and thoroughness (8 of 49 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/painstaking

Cambridge Dictionary:

painstaking

extremely careful and correct, and using a lot of effort (10 of 32 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/painstaking

Random House Dictionary:

painstaking

taking or characterized by taking pains or trouble; expending or showing diligent care and effort; careful. | careful and diligent effort. (20 of 32 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/painstaking

Macmillan British Dictionary:

painstaking

done or doing something very carefully and slowly (8 of 31 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/painstaking

Wiktionary:

painstaking | industrious [synonym, sense-specific] | meticulous [synonym, sense-specific]

Carefully attentive to details; diligent in performing a process or procedure. | The application of careful and attentive effort. (18 of 29 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/painstaking

American Heritage Dictionary:

painstaking | painstakingly [adverb, related]

Marked by or requiring great pains; very careful and diligent. | Extremely careful and diligent work or effort. (17 of 27 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/painstaking

New World Dictionary:

painstaking | painstakingly [adverb, related]

the act of taking pains; great care or diligence | taking pains; very careful; diligent | characterized by great care (18 of 22 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/painstaking

Wikipedia:

Scruples [disambiguation] | scruple

can mean: scruple - a doubt or hesitation that troubles the conscience or that comes from the difficulty of determining whether something is right | scrupulosity - obsessive concern with one's own sins and compulsive performance of religious devotion. ... (38 of 169 words, 6 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Scruples

Encarta Dictionary:

painstaking | painstakingly [adverb, derived]

involving or showing great care and attention to detail (9 of 27 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861723113​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

scrupulous

Origin: late Middle English (in the sense "troubled with doubts"): from French scrupuleux or Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus (see "scruple")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/scrupulous

American Heritage Dictionary:

scrupulous

Origin: Middle English, from Old French scrupuleux, from Latin scrūpulōsus, from scrūpulus, scruple; see "scruple".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scrupulous

Online Etymology:

scrupulous

First use: late 15th century

Origin: French scrupuleux (16th century) or directly from Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=scrupulous

Merriam-Webster:

scrupulous

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus (see scruple)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/scrupulous

New World Dictionary:

scrupulous | scrupulousties [plural]

Origin: Middle French or Latin: Middle French scrupuleux from Latin scrupulosus

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scrupulous

Collins Dictionary:

scrupulous

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin scrūpulōsus punctilious

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scrupulous

Audio references

Wiktionary:

scrupulous

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Collins Dictionary:

scrupulous

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scrupulous"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

scrupulous

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "scrupulous"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

scrupulous

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

scrupulous

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the Free Dictionary:

scrupulous

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Google Dictionary:

scrupulous

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

scrupulous

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scrupulous"

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YourDictionary Audio:

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