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

  • adj. Conscientious and exact; painstaking. See Synonyms at meticulous.
  • adj. Having scruples; principled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Exactly and carefully conducted.
  • adj. Having scruples or compunctions.
  • adj. Precise; exact or strict

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of scruples; inclined to scruple; nicely doubtful; hesitating to determine or to act, from a fear of offending or of doing wrong.
  • adj. Careful; cautious; exact; nice.
  • adj. Given to making objections; captious.
  • adj. Liable to be doubted; doubtful; nice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inclined to scruple; hesitating to determine or to act; cautious from a fear of erring; especially, having scruples of conscience.
  • Given to making objections; captious.
  • Nice; doubtful.
  • Exact; precise; rigorous; punctilious.

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

  • adj. having scruples; arising from a sense of right and wrong; principled
  • adj. characterized by extreme care and great effort


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

Middle English, from Old French scrupuleux, from Latin scrūpulōsus, from scrūpulus, scruple; see scruple.


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