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Examples of conscientious in a Sentence
- 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
- 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
- He was shifty about money matters, not conscientious about returning advances, fulfilling contracts, reading manuscripts. —Monroe K. Spears, American Ambitions, 1987
She has always been a very conscientious worker.
He was conscientious about following the doctor's orders.
Recent Examples of conscientious from the Web
View 227 Photos The ride/handling trade-off shows evidence of conscientious engineers at work, with the car remaining flat and composed in all but the most spirited driving.
Edge has been one of the region’s most conscientious cheerleaders, quick to celebrate Southern food’s now-mainstream popularity but even quicker to share the stories behind it, oftentimes dismantling stereotypes in the process.
Hithon called his daughter both intelligent and conscientious.
There are still a group of observant and conscientious people who aspire to reignite the lights here.
Few Indian workers have such conscientious employers.
That good people on both sides were fighting for conscientious reasons.
This family is out of Central Casting, frankly: attractive, conscientious, religious, and utterly devoted to one another.
His coverage of the Dreyfus Affair itself is conscientious but scarcely impartial.
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Did You Know?
According to American writer and editor H.L. Mencken, "Conscience is the inner voice which warns us someone may be looking." A person who is conscientious makes sure that if others are watching, they like what they see. "Conscience" and "conscientious" both come from the Latin verb conscire, a word that means "to be conscious" or "to be conscious of guilt" and that traces back to a still older Latin word, scire, meaning "to know."
Synonymsconscionable, ethical, honest, honorable, just, moral, principled, scrupulous
Antonymscutthroat, dishonest, dishonorable, immoral, unconscionable, unethical, unjust, unprincipled, unscrupulous
Related Wordsdecent, good, righteous, right-minded, straight, upright, virtuous; dutiful, observant, respectful; overconscientious; reliable, responsible, solid, tried-and-true, true, trustworthy, trusty; esteemed, law-abiding, reputable, respected, upstanding, worthy
Near Antonymsbad, black, evil, evil-minded, immoral, indecent, sinful, unrighteous, wicked; unreliable, untrustworthy; corrupt, debased, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dissolute, perverted, reprobate; atrocious, infamous, villainous; base, low, mean, vicious, vile; iniquitous, nefarious
Synonym Discussion of conscientious
- a stern and upright minister
- known for being honest in business dealings
- workers given just compensation
- conscientious in the completion of her assignments
- scrupulous in carrying out the terms of the will
- a difficult but honorable decision
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