scrupulous

adjective
scru·pu·lous | \ˈskrü-pyə-ləs \

Definition of scrupulous 

1 : having moral integrity : acting in strict regard for what is considered right or proper

2 : punctiliously exact : painstaking working with scrupulous care

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Other Words from scrupulous

scrupulously adverb
scrupulousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for scrupulous

Synonyms

careful, conscientious, fussy, loving, meticulous, painstaking

Antonyms

careless

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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

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

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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."

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.
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From the highest levels, the agency is rightly embracing regulatory flexibility by combining a scrupulous review process with pragmatism. WSJ, "Patients Win With More Access to Treatments," 8 July 2018 Alain Locke led a life of scrupulous refinement and slashing contradiction. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers," 11 May 2018 If not, its global security partnerships will be steadily eroded by more assertive and less scrupulous rivals. Alexander Benard, WSJ, "America Needs to Sell More Weapons," 1 July 2018 Griswold is scrupulous toward her subjects, frequently paraphrasing them on the meaning of their experience and drawing few conclusions of her own. Jedediah Purdy, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Class," 27 June 2018 The Plotts keep scrupulous notes about William in large three-ring binders. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati tested the marijuana drug that the FDA has just approved," 27 June 2018 Like Boulez, Salonen brought a scrupulous ear, a composer’s regard for structure, pulse, fine degrees of dynamics, textural weight and balance, to music that appears not always sure where it is headed. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the CSO in an eloquent Mahler Ninth Symphony," 18 May 2018 Often the alarm about my hawkishness was given voice by random Russian citizens, chosen for their scrupulous honesty, no doubt, and the acuity of their political insights. John Mccain, WSJ, "John McCain: ‘Vladimir Putin Is an Evil Man’," 10 May 2018 And Aster directs the film with a scrupulous focus on that intensity. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Ari Aster’s breakout horror hit Hereditary is pants-wettingly scary," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of scrupulous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scrupulous

Middle English, from Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus — see scruple entry 2

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scrupulous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of scrupulous

: very careful about doing something correctly

: careful about doing what is honest and morally right

scrupulous

adjective
scru·pu·lous | \ˈskrü-pyə-ləs \

Kids Definition of scrupulous

: careful in doing what is right and proper

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