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punctilious

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of punctilious

  1. marked by or showing careful attention to set forms and details old-money aristocrats with a punctilious sense of propriety Synonyms of punctilious correct, decorous, formal, nice, proper, ceremonious, starchy, stiff, stiff-necked, stiltedWords Related to punctilious sober, solemn, stately; chivalrous, courtly, gallant; genteel, polished, refined; civil, courteous, polite, red-carpetNear Antonyms of punctilious improper, indecorous, unmannerly; discourteous, impolite, rudeAntonyms of punctilious casual, easygoing, informal, laid-back, unceremonious

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

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