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1. Conscientious and exact; painstaking. See Synonyms at meticulous.
2. Having scruples; principled.

[Middle English, from Old French scrupuleux, from Latin scrūpulōsus, from scrūpulus, scruple; see scruple.]

scru′pu·los′i·ty (-lŏs′ĭ-tē), scru′pu·lous·ness (-ləs-nĭs) n.
scru′pu·lous·ly adv.


the state or quality of having scruples
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He learned to wash himself with the Levitical scrupulosity of the native-born, who in his heart considers the Englishman rather dirty.
It's he who is tormenting himself with his infinite scrupulosity.
He saw the humor of these researches, but that did not prevent him from carrying them out with the utmost scrupulosity.
His experience was of that pitiable kind which shrinks from pity, and fears most of all that it should be known: it was that proud narrow sensitiveness which has not mass enough to spare for transformation into sympathy, and quivers thread-like in small currents of self-preoccupation or at best of an egoistic scrupulosity.
Why should an auctioneer and appraiser thirty years ago, who had as good as forgotten his free-school Latin, be expected to manifest a delicate scrupulosity which is not always exhibited by gentlemen of the learned professions, even in our present advanced stage of morality?
I was there when reviews for one book, the work of years, (1) began to come in, and when another was in the process of being put together, and I was privileged to see how, with care and scrupulosity, one writer progresses along the circuit from the moment of uplift and success to the daily business of getting the present job done and done well.
32) The former approach would create the free mental space necessary for any human being to do acts of supererogation out of his own liberal choice, whereas the latter attitude would end up being counterproductive by fueling a depressing inflation of scrupulosity and stifling all spontaneous creativity to do good deeds.
Here, they say, is a case in which executive vigor was certainly necessary, and where more scrupulosity and restraint in the exercise of power would have meant a tragic missed opportunity.
She had an undiagnosed diseased appendix that led to severe illness in elementary school, knew the trauma of childhood scrupulosity, suffered the divorce of her parents when she was 9, and lived through two world wars with air raids and bombings as a part of her daily life in London.
The visitor might be struck by: (a) a preoccupation with details, rules, order, organization, or schedules; (b) an insistence on perfectionism such that pursuit of flawlessness interferes with completing the job; (c) a rigidity and scrupulosity regarding technicalities of ethics or values; (d) an inability or great difficulty in abandoning worn-out or worthless rules; (e) a miserliness in spending; and (f) a rigidity and stubbornness in one's outlook toward others and their behavior.
Diclaudio, whose credits include toiling for years as a medical editor, strongly denies any claim to this being a serious text and proves it over and over in his hilarious narratives and descriptions of such sad cases as "Taijin Kyofusho," which includes fear of one's own body odor; scrupulosity, which includes obsessive-compulsive religiousness intended to eradicate sin; shared psychotic disorder, in which things get a little too friendly; and pica, in which munching on garbage or worse figures prominently.
While going over the draft with Barcia, I was so impressed with his honesty, scrupulosity and literary intelligence, that I suggested we work together as co-translators.