1. characterized by extreme care and great effort;
- Example: "conscientious application to the work at hand"
- Example: "painstaking research"
- Example: "scrupulous attention to details"
[syn: conscientious, painstaking, scrupulous]
2. guided by or in accordance with conscience or sense of right and wrong;
- Example: "a conscientious decision to speak out about injustice"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Conscientious \Con`sci*en"tious\, a. [Cf. F. consciencieux, LL. conscientiosus.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] The advice of wise and conscientious men. --Prescott. [1913 Webster] 2. Characterized by a regard to conscience; conformed to the dictates of conscience; -- said of actions. [1913 Webster] A holy and conscientious course. --Abp. Tillotson. Syn: Scrupulous; exact; faithful; just; upright. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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