con·​sci·​en·​tious·​ness ˌkän(t)-shē-ˈen(t)-shəs-nəs How to pronounce conscientiousness (audio)
plural conscientiousnesses
: the condition or quality of being conscientious
Apparently, the secret to a happy, healthy adulthood is learning early on to deal with disappointment and developing character traits—persistence, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control—to surmount it.Deanna Pan
Not surprisingly, they have found that people blessed with innate conscientiousness, meaning that they are organized and predictable, typically eat better and live longer than people who are disorderly.Gretchen Reynolds

Examples of conscientiousness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, people who score high in conscientiousness may be more likely to take care of their health. Sherri Gordon, Health, 6 Dec. 2023 Personality tools like the Big Five Inventory, a self-report scale used to measure the big five personality traits–openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism–can be used during the hiring process or in performance evaluations. Barnaby Lashbrooke, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The research delves into how our faces can be a roadmap to understanding traits like extroversion, neuroticism, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness. Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 20 Oct. 2023 There’s a real conscientiousness on my part to try to meet people halfway — because most people don’t know what an audio drama is. Ariel Shapiro, The Verge, 3 Oct. 2023 Mark Zuckerberg’s intelligence, energy, and conscientiousness are tremendous. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2022 And hearing the interview did not affect the views of participants about the job candidate’s conscientiousness. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 6 Sep. 2023 This means, 143 is most similar in meaning to the numerological understanding of 4, a number which symbolizes stability and conscientiousness. Kate Franke, Woman's Day, 21 Aug. 2023 The other four categories are openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion and neuroticism. USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1631, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conscientiousness was circa 1631

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“Conscientiousness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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