2. [syn: meticulousness, meticulosity, punctiliousness, scrupulousness]
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):
n 1: conformity to high standards of ethics or excellence [ant:
2: strict attention to minute details [syn: meticulousness,
meticulosity, punctiliousness, scrupulousness]