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Examples of scrupulous in a sentence
While many assume that a conservative reading of the Constitution will lead inevitably to a conservative interpretation, Amar has argued, in scholarly articles and in a previous book, “The Bill of Rights,” that paying scrupulous attention to the text, history and structure of the Constitution often reveals support for liberal outcomes. —James Ryerson, New York Times Book Review, 6 Nov. 2005
Most clients praise the lawyer effusively. Rubenstein declares that Grubman never represents both parties in any one matter, is scrupulous in disclosing his relations to all his clients and abides by the conflict rules of the legal profession. —Johnnie L. Roberts, Newsweek, 6 Aug. 2001
Tax-shelter proliferation has reached such epidemic proportions that it has actually spurred a backlash among the more conscientious members of the tax profession. A few scrupulous tax lawyers have anonymously leaked details of shelter schemes to the IRS. —Franklin Foer, New Republic, 5 June 2000
She was always scrupulous about her work.
The work requires scrupulous attention to detail.
Less scrupulous companies find ways to evade the law.
Did You Know?
Scrupulous and its close relative "scruple" ("an ethical consideration") come from the Latin noun scrupulus, the diminutive of "scrupus." "Scrupus" refers to a sharp stone, so scrupulus means "small sharp stone." "Scrupus" retained its literal meaning but eventually also came to be used with the metaphorical meaning "a source of anxiety or uneasiness," the way a sharp pebble in one's shoe would be a source of pain. When the adjective "scrupulous" entered the language in the 15th century, it meant "principled." Now it also commonly means "painstaking" or "careful."
Origin and Etymology of scrupulous
Middle English, from Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus —see 2scruple
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of scrupulous
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.
SCRUPULOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scrupulous for English Language Learners
: very careful about doing something correctly
: careful about doing what is honest and morally right
SCRUPULOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of scrupulous for Students
: careful in doing what is right and proper
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