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1. Showing or acting with extreme care and concern for details.
2. Archaic Excessively careful and precise.

[From Latin metīculōsus, timid, from metus, fear.]

me·tic′u·los′i·ty (-lŏs′ĭ-tē), me·tic′u·lous·ness n.
me·tic′u·lous·ly adv.
Synonyms: meticulous, painstaking, careful, scrupulous, fastidious, punctilious
These adjectives mean showing or marked by attentiveness to all aspects or details. Meticulous and painstaking stress extreme care: "He had throughout been almost worryingly meticulous in his business formalities" (Arnold Bennett).Repairing the fine lace entailed slow and painstaking work.
Careful suggests circumspection and solicitude: A careful examination of the gem showed it to be fake.
Scrupulous suggests care prompted by conscience: "He was scrupulous about paying his debts and equally scrupulous about collecting what was owed to him" (Pauli Murray).
Fastidious implies concern, often excessive, for the requirements of taste: "Your true lover of literature is never fastidious" (Robert Southey).
Punctilious specifically applies to minute details of conduct: "The more unpopular an opinion is, the more necessary is it that the holder should be somewhat punctilious in his observance of conventionalities generally" (Samuel Butler).
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Noun1.meticulousness - strict attention to minute detailsmeticulousness - strict attention to minute details  
painstakingness, conscientiousness - the trait of being painstaking and careful




[mɪˈtɪkjʊləsnɪs] Nmeticulosidad f
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