Definition of meticulous in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɪˈtɪkjʊləs/


Showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise: the designs are hand-glazed with meticulous care he had always been so meticulous about his appearance
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  • The film is visually spectacular, with epic battle scenes and meticulous attention to period detail.
  • You are minutely analytical and can fulfill any task that requires meticulous attention to detail.
  • It is his meticulous attention to detail which has brought him the fast cars and the fast lifestyle he has enjoyed.
careful, conscientious, diligent, ultra-careful, scrupulous, punctilious, painstaking, demanding, exacting, accurate, correct;
thorough, studious, rigorous, detailed, perfectionist, fastidious, methodical, particular, strict;
pedantic, fussy;
North American  white-glove
archaic nice, laborious



Pronunciation: /məˈtɪkjʊləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • It took carefully meticulousness and they managed to maneuver themselves out of the Delta and into the walkway.
  • If there is a sense of exhaustion, however, it is tempered by the meticulousness of the presentation and the thoroughness of her pursuit of the seven themes.
  • Instead, notice the film's meticulousness in saying only ‘true’ or defensible things in support of a completely misleading impression.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'fearful or timid'): from Latin meticulosus, from metus 'fear'. The word came to mean 'overcareful about detail', hence the current sense (early 19th century).

  • At first meticulous meant ‘fearful, timid’ for it came from Latin metus ‘fear’. It came to mean ‘over-careful about detail’, then lost its negative associations, giving the current sense ‘showing great attention to detail’ by the early 19th century.

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