noun scru·ple \ˈskrü-pəl\

Definition of SCRUPLE

— see weight table
:  a minute part or quantity :  iota

Origin of SCRUPLE

Middle English scrupil, scriple, from Anglo-French scruple, from Latin scrupulus a unit of weight, diminutive of scrupus sharp stone
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SCRUPLE



Definition of SCRUPLE

:  an ethical consideration or principle that inhibits action
:  the quality or state of being scrupulous
:  mental reservation

Origin of SCRUPLE

Middle English scripil, scrupill, from Anglo-French scruble, from Latin scrupulus, diminutive of scrupus source of uneasiness, literally, sharp stone
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of SCRUPLE

qualm, scruple, compunction, demur mean a misgiving about what one is doing or going to do. qualm implies an uneasy fear that one is not following one's conscience or better judgment <no qualms about plagiarizing>. scruple implies doubt of the rightness of an act on grounds of principle <no scruples against buying stolen goods>. compunction implies a spontaneous feeling of responsibility or compassion for a potential victim <had compunctions about lying>. demur implies hesitation caused by objection to an outside suggestion or influence <accepted her decision without demur>.


intransitive verb

: to be unwilling to do something because you think it is improper, morally wrong, etc.

scru·pledscru·pling \-p(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of SCRUPLE

:  to have scruples
:  to show reluctance on grounds of conscience :  hesitate

Examples of SCRUPLE

  1. <a tabloid journalist who has never scrupled to reveal the most intimate details about the lives of celebrities>

First Known Use of SCRUPLE

SCRUPLE Defined for Kids


noun scru·ple \ˈskrü-pəl\

Definition of SCRUPLE for Kids

:  a sense of right and wrong that keeps a person from doing something bad
:  a feeling of guilt from doing something bad
Medical Dictionary


noun scru·ple \ˈskrü-pəl\

Medical Definition of SCRUPLE

:  a unit of apothecaries' weight equal to 20 grains or 13 dram or 1.296 grams


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