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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Recent Examples on the Web As one of the highest profile conscientious objectors and someone who spoke out against racial inequality, Ali remains a symbol of resistance and strength to many in Louisville. Ragan Clark, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Founded a century ago, the A.C.L.U. took root in the defense of conscientious objectors to World War I and Americans accused of Communist sympathies after the Russian Revolution. New York Times, 6 June 2021 But Etherington-Judge and Jordan discovered Calvados, an apple brandy hailing from Normandy, was the most conscientious choice. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Raising a musical child has many advantages — many that can’t be quantified — but just for starters, studies demonstrate that children who learn music are more conscientious and open, test better, and have more ambition. Neil Moore, Rolling Stone, 27 May 2021 The more conscientious people were, the less anxious and depressed when stuck at home. Andreas Kluth, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 The bill affords protection to those in the medical field who want to exercise their conscientious right not to offer a particular procedure, Hammer said. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, 2 May 2021 Start nothing new, maintain a low profile, fulfill your obligations in a conscientious manner and stick to routines through late August while the stars are at odds with success. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2021 People who experience prolonged episodes of job insecurity are at risk of becoming less agreeable, less conscientious, and more neurotic, according to new research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Mark Travers, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conscientious. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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