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scruple

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noun scru·ple \ˈskrü-pəl\

Definition of scruple

  1. 1 — see weight table

  2. 2 :  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


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scruple

noun scru·ple

Definition of scruple

  1. 1 :  an ethical consideration or principle that inhibits action

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being scrupulous

  3. 3 :  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>.

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scruple

intransitive verb scru·ple

Simple Definition of scruple

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

Full Definition of scruple

scru·pledscru·pling play \-p(ə-)liŋ\

  1. 1 :  to have scruples

  2. 2 :  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>



1627

First Known Use of scruple

1627


Medical Dictionary

scruple

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noun scru·ple \ˈskrü-pəl\

Medical Definition of scruple

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





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