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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meticulosity - strict attention to minute detailsmeticulosity - strict attention to minute details  
painstakingness, conscientiousness - the trait of being painstaking and careful
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A role play like this, depicting live courtroom trials, sentencing, incarceration, probation and parole with such meticulosity and professional flair, will go a long way in allaying all such fears in the general populace and they will not hesitate in seeking justice through these established institutions of the state.
This "boundless particularity," which in Finnegans Wake is called "a meticulosity bordering on the insane" (FW 173.34), is the spirit of the writing, and the immediacy of the text.