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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
Toscanini was conscientious in music and other realms.
May all our friends be as conscientious as Chris Hemsworth.
Dear Miss Manners: I’ve always ridden buses and subways to work, and make a conscientious effort to make my seat available for the elderly, for pregnant women, for people with obvious disabilities and for small children.
Conscientious (and frequently exhausted) mothers awoke at the crack of dawn to stand over a hot, wood-burning stove for hours on end, cooking and stirring gruels or mush made of barley, cracked wheat, or oats.
Not surprisingly, ways to foster empathy and gratitude are big topics on the (conscientious) national mind right now.
Without their attentive, honest, and conscientious service, our system would falter.
Our waiter was conscientious but seemed sidetracked by other tables.
In her own unfathomable bereavement, Dion was careful and conscientious with theirs.
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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
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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