2. [syn: conscientious, painstaking, scrupulous]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Scrupulous \Scru"pu*lous\, a. [L. scrupulosus: cf. F.
1. Full of scruples; inclined to scruple; nicely doubtful;
hesitating to determine or to act, from a fear of
offending or of doing wrong.
Abusing their liberty, to the offense of their weak
brethren which were scrupulous. --Hooker.
2. Careful; cautious; exact; nice; as, scrupulous abstinence
from labor; scrupulous performance of duties.
3. Given to making objections; captious. [Obs.]
Equality of two domestic powers
Breed scrupulous faction. --Shak.
4. Liable to be doubted; doubtful; nice. [Obs.]
The justice of that cause ought to be evident; not
obscure, not scrupulous. --Bacon.
Syn: Cautious; careful; conscientious; hesitating.
[1913 Webster] -- Scru"pu*lous*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: having scruples; arising from a sense of right and wrong;
principled; "less scrupulous producers sent bundles that
were deceptive in appearance" [ant: unscrupulous]
2: characterized by extreme care and great effort;
"conscientious application to the work at hand"; "painstaking
research"; "scrupulous attention to details" [syn:
conscientious, painstaking, scrupulous]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
155 Moby Thesaurus words for "scrupulous":
Pyrrhonic, accurate, active, agnostic, analyze, attentive, bashful,
boggling, canvass, careful, case, cautious, censorious, check over,
check up, choicy, choosy, close, comb, compliant, con, conforming,
conscientious, conscionable, consider, constant, contemplate,
correct, critical, deferential, delicate, demanding, demurring,
detailed, devoted, devout, diffident, dig into, discriminating,
discriminative, dissect, distrustful, doubtful, doubting, dubious,
duteous, dutiful, ethical, exact, exacting, examine, exigent,
exquisite, eye, eyeball, fair-minded, faithful, faltering,
fastidious, fine, finical, finicking, finicky, from Missouri,
fussy, heedful, hesitant, hesitating, high-minded, honest,
honorable, in doubt, inspect, just, leery, look over, loyal,
methodical, meticulous, mindful, minute, mistrustful, mistrusting,
modest, moral, narrow, neat, nice, obedient, observant, orderly,
overconscientious, overlook, overscrupulous, painstaking,
particular, penetrate, perfectionistic, perlustrate, peruse, picky,
pierce, pore over, practicing, precious, precise, precisian,
precisianistic, precisionist, precisionistic, priggish, principled,
probe, prudish, punctilious, punctual, puristic, puritanic,
qualmish, questioning, refined, regardful, religious, respectful,
right, righteous, rigid, rigorous, scan, scrutinize, scrutinizing,
selective, sensitive, severe, shrinking, shy, skeptical, squeamish,
stickling, strict, study, subtle, survey, suspecting, suspicious,
tender-conscienced, true, uncertain, untrusting, upstanding, vet,
view, wary, watch, weigh