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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
This year is the 50th anniversary of one of America’s most conscientious efforts to tease out its racial tangles and devise a program to resolve them.
Because of the sensitive subject matter, conscientious employers will try and maintain the confidentiality of both the accuser and the accused.
Scott Helm, formerly a boy wonder with a Jimmy Stewart face, becomes a man with his conscientious, considered Joe Pitt, the tortured Mormon.
Most boxes are stocked with two treats from conscientious brands—like Portland’s Cycle Dog and California’s Bobby + Bambi’s—two toys, and a chew or stylish accessory (hello, bandanas!).
Evans said Ball has been conscientious about matching her proposals to the vision the city's comprehensive plan lays out for the old town site's redevelopment.
Perhaps conscientious people have better things to do than sit around all day listening to music.
Being vigilant — as well as conscientious — is imperative.
Is driving conscientious people to mental breakdown a really good time for them?
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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."
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
CONSCIENTIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conscientious for English Language Learners
: very careful about doing what you are supposed to do : concerned with doing something correctly
CONSCIENTIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of conscientious for Students
- No conscientious person would stand for such unfair actions.
- conscientious teachers
- conscientious efforts
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