Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Guided by or in accordance with the dictates of conscience; principled.
  • adjective Thorough and assiduous: synonym: diligent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Conscious.
  • Controlled by conscience; governed by a strict regard to the dictates of conscience, or by the known or supposed rules of right and wrong: as, a conscientious judgė.
  • Regulated by conscience; according to the dictates of conscience; springing from conscience: as, a conscientious scruple.
  • Synonyms and Scrupulous, exact, careful, faithful, upright, honest, honorable, righteous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Influenced by conscience; governed by a strict regard to the dictates of conscience, or by the known or supposed rules of right and wrong; -- said of a person.
  • adjective Characterized by a regard to conscience; conformed to the dictates of conscience; -- said of actions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Thorough, careful, or vigilant; implies a desire to do a task well.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective guided by or in accordance with conscience or sense of right and wrong
  • adjective characterized by extreme care and great effort

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Obsolete French conscientieux, from Medieval Latin cōnscientiōsus, from Latin cōnscientia, conscience; see conscience.]

Examples

  • In fact, the origin of the term 'conscientious objector' comes from refusing vaccine - not from war.

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  • But economists and culture vultures seem to be waking up to the possibility that era of conspicuous consumption may be giving way to a new period of what I call conscientious consumption.

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  • The only policy which would allow you to do without armament is the policy which England will always respect as on opinion-I mean non-resistance -- (and I remind you that it was respected throughout the last war as an individual opinion, of what we called the conscientious objector,) but it will never be followed as a policy.

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  • Even liars have to admit that, if they are intelligent liars; I mean in their private [the word conscientious written but erased] intervals.

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  • Even liars have to admit that, if they are intelligent liars; I mean in their private [the word conscientious written but erased] intervals.

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  • Now, when a nature intensely conscientious is constantly oppressed by a sense of unperformed duty, that sense becomes a gnawing worm at the very root of life.

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  • True, she said many sharp and bitter things; but nobody but herself and her God knew how many more she would have said had she not reined herself up in conscientious silence.

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  • All the candidates were described as conscientious, smart, and insightful, and all the descriptions ended with notes, such as "Observation: seems to be candid and trusting," or, "Observation: his/her natural competitiveness was apparent."

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  • All the candidates were described as conscientious, smart, and insightful, and all the descriptions ended with notes, such as "Observation: seems to be candid and trusting," or, "Observation: his/her natural competitiveness was apparent."

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  • I think it’s important we have protestors and armchair generals who engage in conscientious or useful critique of (a) war, chiefly because lives and way of life are at stake bothsides.

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