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meticulous attention
impeccable attention
fastidious attention
precise attention
intricate attention
diligent attention
meticulous research
assiduous research
thorough research
extensive research
painstaking research
scrupulous research
meticulous planning
careful planning
rigorous planning
elaborate planning
diligent planning
intricate planning

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How is the word meticulous different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of meticulous are careful, punctilious, and scrupulous. While all these words mean "showing close attention to detail," meticulous may imply either commendable extreme carefulness or a hampering finicky caution over small points.

meticulous scholarship

When can careful be used instead of meticulous?

The words careful and meticulous are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, careful implies attentiveness and cautiousness in avoiding mistakes.

a careful worker

When would punctilious be a good substitute for meticulous?

The meanings of punctilious and meticulous largely overlap; however, punctilious implies minute, even excessive attention to fine points.

punctilious observance of ritual

In what contexts can scrupulous take the place of meticulous?

In some situations, the words scrupulous and meticulous are roughly equivalent. However, scrupulous applies to what is proper or fitting or ethical.

scrupulous honesty


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Cite this Entry

“Meticulous.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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