Definition of conscientious in English:

conscientious

Line breaks: con|scien|tious
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒnʃɪˈɛnʃəs
 
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adjective

1Wishing to do one’s work or duty well and thoroughly: a conscientious man, he took his duties very seriously
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  • He was thoroughly conscientious, always helpful and very much liked.
  • Nadine was one of the most thorough and conscientious editors I've ever known.
  • Despite uncertain health, he was installed as dean of St Paul's cathedral, where he was conscientious in his duties and subsequently buried.
Synonyms
2Relating to a person’s conscience: the individual is denied even the opportunity to break the law on conscientious grounds
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  • It is very refreshing to see that there may be an ability to refuse to pay a levy for a reason relating to conscientious or religious grounds.
  • He has had the courage to restate his conscientious beliefs in the face of misunderstanding and abuse, and the humility to shoulder the yoke of the 2000-year-old moral tradition that has been entrusted to him.
  • So if the Legislature wants to accommodate people's religious beliefs as well as their secular philosophical and conscientious beliefs, that's great.

Origin

early 17th century: from French consciencieux, from medieval Latin conscientiosus, from Latin conscientia (see conscience).

Derivatives

conscientiously

adverb
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  • The second aspect is that all competitors are regarded as winners because they have trained hard and conscientiously to reach the standard required for entry.
  • Almost all doctors are involved in clinical teaching at some point in their careers, and most undertake the job conscientiously and enthusiastically.
  • Nevertheless he has reflected long, hard, and conscientiously on the matter and thinks he does have adequate evidence.

conscientiousness

noun
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  • Later, she struck me with her conscientiousness, perseverance and even doggedness.
  • I admire her conscientiousness as she carefully shops for fresh food and, then at home, washes all the fruits and vegetables she buys for at least 20 minutes prior to their cooking.
  • Indeed, the case was run upon the basis of good conscience to insist on our legal rights, when in all reality the facts reveal that in terms of conscientiousness the applicants themselves are not painted in a good picture.

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