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- adj. Excessively scrupulous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Scrupulous to excess.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Scrupulous to excess.
"overscrupulous" indicates that there are different levels of scruples.
One could say that Dixon proceeds through a kind of expository shorthand -- "Rings twice more and stops" -- that while "attached" to the character as a frame of reference is otherwise a way of dispensing with the overscrupulous explication of consciousness that so often and so tediously passes for "psychological realism" in contemporary literary fiction.
He, of course, for awhile tried his band at persuading Mr. Harding that he was foolish, overscrupulous, self-willed, and weak-minded, but he tried in vain.
In times like these… it will not do to be overscrupulous.
That is what gave him the reputation of being not altogether a man of honor, capable of letting people down, capable, with an easy smile and a laugh, of transforming one policy into another, and not really being overscrupulous about whom he happened to drown in the process.
Mary was almost overscrupulous about not allowing them to disturb the two, who were supposed to be giving all their time and effort to language study.
It had seemed to him, during those dreadful days, that although some instinct within him forbade him to end his own life, none could doubt his right to alleviate his mental suffering by any means he knew; and when temporary oblivion, a blessed forgetfulness, could be purchased at the price of a pinprick, it seemed not only overscrupulous but foolish to forgo that
It was as if an overscrupulous remembrance of hard days forced him to disclaim kinship with anything so finely feminine as Constantia Wyatt; as if he found no right of way from his own world of concrete fact into that delicate gracious world of illusions in which he placed her.
The gentleman whom our hero was questioning was a lawyer, a very shrewd man, who had the reputation of not being overscrupulous, but there were reasons why he desired to oblige our hero, and after a moment he said:
You are a foolish and an overscrupulous man, Reuben Hallowell, for I say that such a reason makes all the more haste for her to be gone.
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