adjective punc·til·i·ous \-lē-əs\

: very careful about behaving properly and doing things in a correct and accurate way

Full Definition of PUNCTILIOUS

:  marked by or concerned about precise accordance with the details of codes or conventions
punc·til·i·ous·ly adverb
punc·til·i·ous·ness noun


  1. She's very punctilious about grammar.
  2. <old-money aristocrats with a punctilious sense of propriety>

First Known Use of PUNCTILIOUS


Synonym Discussion of PUNCTILIOUS

careful, meticulous, scrupulous, punctilious mean showing close attention to detail. careful implies attentiveness and cautiousness in avoiding mistakes <a careful worker>. meticulous may imply either commendable extreme carefulness or a hampering finicky caution over small points <meticulous scholarship>. scrupulous applies to what is proper or fitting or ethical <scrupulous honesty>. punctilious implies minute, even excessive attention to fine points <punctilious observance of ritual>.


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