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From Middle French scrupuleux, from Latin scrupulosus.


  • IPA(key): /ˈskɹuː.pjə.ləs/
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scrupulous (comparative more scrupulous, superlative most scrupulous)

  1. Exactly and carefully conducted.
    Synonyms: meticulous, painstaking; see also Thesaurus:meticulous
    Antonym: unscrupulous
    He is scrupulous in his finances.
    • 2016, Tim Carvell [et al.], “Special Districts”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 3, episode 4, John Oliver (actor), Warner Bros. Television, via HBO:
      Come on! You have got to admire their dedication to the rules! These two men are so scrupulous, they would sit at a broken red traffic light for six hours in the middle of the night. “Hey, red is red! We live in a civilized society! Red is red! We stay!”
  2. Having scruples or compunctions.
    Synonym: worried
    He is a scrupulous businessman and always acts in the best interest of his company.
  3. Precise; exact or strict.
  4. Wrongly feeling guilt or anxiety about one’s morality; suffering from scrupulosity.
    Synonyms: ethical, fair-minded, honourable, just, moral, righteous
    Because I have a scrupulous conscience, I sometimes need to be reminded that not everything I do is sinful.

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