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Examples of meticulous in a sentence
Always meticulous about his appearance in the past, he had become dirty and unkempt, with straggly hair, stained clothes, and patches of silver stubble on his chin. —Minette Walters, Fox Evil, 2002
She was very much the craftswoman, all her work meticulous, slow, perfect. —Simon Winchester, The Professor and the Madman, 1998
In dense, meticulous arguments … Brooten mounts an assault on that view. —Cullen Murphy, Atlantic, August 1993
He described the scene in meticulous detail.
He is meticulous about keeping accurate records.
Did You Know?
It may surprise you to learn that meticulous is derived from the Latin word for "fearful" - meticulosus - and ultimately comes from the Latin noun metus, meaning "fear." Although meticulous currently has no "fearful" meanings, it was originally used as a synonym of frightened and timid. This sense had fallen into disuse by 1700, and in the 19th century meticulous acquired a new sense of "overly and timidly careful" (probably influenced by the French word méticuleux). This in turn led to the current meaning of "painstakingly careful," with no connotations of fear at all. The newest use was controversial among some usage commentators at first, but it has since become by far the most common meaning and is no longer considered an error.
Origin and Etymology of meticulous
Latin meticulosus fearful, irregular from metus fear
First Known Use: 1827
Synonym Discussion of meticulous
METICULOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of meticulous for English Language Learners
: very careful about doing something in an extremely accurate and exact way
METICULOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of meticulous for Students
: showing extreme or excessive care in thinking about or dealing with small details a meticulous description
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