punctilious

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adjective punc·til·i·ous \-lē-əs\

Definition of punctilious

  1. :  marked by or concerned about precise accordance with the details of codes or conventions

punctiliously

adverb

punctiliousness

noun

Examples of punctilious in a sentence

  1. She's very punctilious about grammar.

  2. old-money aristocrats with a punctilious sense of propriety

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A punctilio is a small point—a minor rule, or a little detail of conduct in a ceremony. A person who pays close attention to such minor details is punctilious. Punctiliousness can be valuable, especially for certain kinds of tasks, as long as you don't become so concerned about small points that you fail to pay attention to the large ones.

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First Known Use of punctilious

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Synonym Discussion of punctilious

careful, meticulous, scrupulous, punctilious mean showing close attention to detail. careful implies attentiveness and cautiousness in avoiding mistakes. a careful worker meticulous may imply either commendable extreme carefulness or a hampering finicky caution over small points. meticulous scholarship scrupulous applies to what is proper or fitting or ethical. scrupulous honesty punctilious implies minute, even excessive attention to fine points. punctilious observance of ritual

PUNCTILIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

punctilious

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adjective punc·til·i·ous \-lē-əs\

Definition of punctilious for English Language Learners

  • : very careful about behaving properly and doing things in a correct and accurate way



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