conscientious

adjective
con·​sci·​en·​tious | \ ˌkän(t)-shē-ˈen(t)-shəs How to pronounce conscientious (audio) \

Definition of conscientious

1 : meticulous, careful a conscientious listener
2 : governed by or conforming to the dictates of conscience : scrupulous a conscientious public servant

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conscientiously adverb

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upright, honest, just, conscientious, scrupulous, honorable mean having or showing a strict regard for what is morally right. upright implies a strict adherence to moral principles. a stern and upright minister honest stresses adherence to such virtues as truthfulness, candor, or fairness. known for being honest in business dealings just stresses conscious choice and regular practice of what is right or equitable. workers given just compensation conscientious and scrupulous imply an active moral sense governing all one's actions and painstaking efforts to follow one's conscience. conscientious in the completion of her assignments scrupulous in carrying out the terms of the will honorable suggests a firm holding to codes of right behavior and the guidance of a high sense of honor and duty. a difficult but honorable decision

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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."

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.
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Campbell’s partner, Pino Audia, a professor of management and organizations at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, said research shows that conscientious people, who are often more detailed-oriented and disciplined, tend to be more productive. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Wearable technology started by tracking steps; soon it may allow your boss to track your performance," 29 June 2019 These are the actions of a criminal, not a conscientious but overwhelmed/under-trained/unaware leader. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: Are you a bad boss? Time to act; part 3 of 3," 29 June 2019 If one member of the team slacks off, the conscientious students have no choice but to work harder in order to earn a good grade. Quanta Magazine, "Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question," 12 Feb. 2015 Smith wanted to ensure that every aspect of Phluid, from the physical space to the brands the store carries, was purposeful, impactful, and conscientious. Charlotte Diamond, Teen Vogue, "This Gender-Neutral Store Aims to Create a Safe Space For Its Customer," 20 Mar. 2019 The results will come with consistent conscientious practice. Lauren Depino, Glamour, "My Scoliosis Caused Me Pain and Shame—Then It Helped Me Learn to Find Alignment," 10 Apr. 2019 What's worse, even the most conscientious dieter forgets to count those extra nibbles. Jill Provost, Woman's Day, "Are You Sabotaging Your Diet?," 7 Feb. 2011 Ideally, your boss will either appreciate your conscientious attitude, or will confidentially tell you not to worry about it. Karla L. Miller, The Seattle Times, "How to deal with the office tattletale," 12 Dec. 2018 But there’s something out of the ordinary tucked into a corner of the upper deck — Barrett’s Grill, which takes a straightforward, contemporary American menu and gives it a conscientious, imaginative treatment. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Barrett's Grill is no ordinary mall restaurant," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of conscientious

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for conscientious

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conscientious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of conscientious

: very careful about doing what you are supposed to do : concerned with doing something correctly

conscientious

adjective
con·​sci·​en·​tious | \ ˌkän-shē-ˈen-shəs How to pronounce conscientious (audio) \

Kids Definition of conscientious

1 : guided by or agreeing with a sense of doing what is right No conscientious person would stand for such unfair actions.
2 : using or done with care conscientious teachers conscientious efforts

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