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scruple

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noun scru·ple \ˈskrü-pəl\

Definition of scruple

  1. 1 :  a unit of capacity equal to 124 Apothecaries' ounce — see weight table

  2. 2 :  a minute part or quantity :  iota

Origin and Etymology of scruple

Middle English scrupil, scriple, from Anglo-French scruple, from Latin scrupulus a unit of weight, diminutive of scrupus sharp stone


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scruple

noun scru·ple

Definition of scruple

  1. 1 :  an ethical consideration or principle that inhibits action

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being scrupulous

  3. 3 :  mental reservation

Origin and Etymology of scruple

Middle English scripil, scrupill, from Anglo-French scruble, from Latin scrupulus, diminutive of scrupus source of uneasiness, literally, sharp stone

Synonym Discussion of scruple

qualm, scruple, compunction, demur mean a misgiving about what one is doing or going to do. qualm implies an uneasy fear that one is not following one's conscience or better judgment. no qualms about plagiarizing scruple implies doubt of the rightness of an act on grounds of principle. no scruples against buying stolen goods compunction implies a spontaneous feeling of responsibility or compassion for a potential victim. had compunctions about lying demur implies hesitation caused by objection to an outside suggestion or influence. accepted her decision without demur

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scruple

verb scru·ple

Definition of scruple

scrupled

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scrupling

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to have scruples

  3. 2 :  to show reluctance on grounds of conscience :  hesitate

Examples of scruple in a Sentence

  1. a tabloid journalist who has never scrupled to reveal the most intimate details about the lives of celebrities

First Known Use of scruple

1627


SCRUPLE Defined for English Language Learners

scruple

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Definition of scruple for English Language Learners

  • : to be unwilling to do something because you think it is improper, morally wrong, etc.


SCRUPLE Defined for Kids

scruple

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noun scru·ple \ˈskrü-pəl\

Definition of scruple for Students

  1. 1 :  a sense of right and wrong that keeps a person from doing something bad

  2. 2 :  a feeling of guilt from doing something bad


Medical Dictionary

scruple

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noun scru·ple \ˈskrü-pəl\

Medical Definition of scruple

  1. :  a unit of apothecaries' weight equal to 20 grains or 13 dram or 1.296 grams



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