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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.
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the state or quality of having scruples
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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. And Mr.
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?
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."
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