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conscientious

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adjective con·sci·en·tious \ˌkän(t)-shē-ˈen(t)-shəs\

Simple Definition of conscientious

  • : very careful about doing what you are supposed to do : concerned with doing something correctly

Full Definition of conscientious

  1. 1 :  governed by or conforming to the dictates of conscience :  scrupulous <a conscientious public servant>

  2. 2 :  meticulous, careful <a conscientious listener>

con·sci·en·tious·ly adverb
con·sci·en·tious·ness noun

Examples of conscientious

  1. He was a good friend to his comrades, a conscientious leader mindful of his men's needs; an upright family man with strong, bright, proud children … —Tom Clancy, Without Remorse, 1994

  2. Because Puckett was a conscientious lieutenant … his men did not have to stint on their fire. He had made sure that every man was carrying a basic load of ammunition and then some to spare … —Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie, 1988

  3. He was shifty about money matters, not conscientious about returning advances, fulfilling contracts, reading manuscripts. —Monroe K. Spears, American Ambitions, 1987

  4. She has always been a very conscientious worker.

  5. He was conscientious about following the doctor's orders.



Origin of conscientious

(see conscience)


First Known Use: 1576

Synonym Discussion of conscientious

upright, honest, just, conscientious, scrupulous, honorable mean having or showing a strict regard for what is morally right. upright implies a strict adherence to moral principles <a stern and upright minister>. honest stresses adherence to such virtues as truthfulness, candor, fairness <known for being honest in business dealings>. just stresses conscious choice and regular practice of what is right or equitable <workers given just compensation>. conscientious and scrupulous imply an active moral sense governing all one's actions and painstaking efforts to follow one's conscience <conscientious in the completion of her assignments> <scrupulous in carrying out the terms of the will>. honorable suggests a firm holding to codes of right behavior and the guidance of a high sense of honor and duty <a difficult but honorable decision>.


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