adjective scru·pu·lous \ˈskrü-pyə-ləs\

: very careful about doing something correctly

: careful about doing what is honest and morally right

Full Definition of SCRUPULOUS

:  having moral integrity :  acting in strict regard for what is considered right or proper
:  punctiliously exact :  painstaking <working with scrupulous care>
scru·pu·lous·ly adverb
scru·pu·lous·ness noun

Examples of SCRUPULOUS

  1. She was always scrupulous about her work.
  2. The work requires scrupulous attention to detail.
  3. Less scrupulous companies find ways to evade the law.
  4. While many assume that a conservative reading of the Constitution will lead inevitably to a conservative interpretation, Amar has argued, in scholarly articles and in a previous book, The Bill of Rights, that paying scrupulous attention to the text, history and structure of the Constitution often reveals support for liberal outcomes. —James Ryerson, New York Times Book Review, 6 Nov. 2005


Middle English, from Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus (see 2scruple)
First Known Use: 15th century


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