Definition of scrupulous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskruːpjʊləs/


1(Of a person or process) careful, thorough, and extremely attentive to details: the research has been carried out with scrupulous attention to detail
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  • This is always an issue for the scrupulous scholar - what to enlarge upon, what to jettison - but this is the only equivocation about this impressive book, written with both passion and clarity.
  • She is scrupulous about disclosing her sources and acknowledging her debts while insistent that her aesthetic judgments are based on what she has looked at hard and pondered.
  • However, right at the beginning he is scrupulous in distinguishing the two terms.
careful, meticulous, painstaking, thorough, assiduous, sedulous, attentive, diligent, conscientious, ultra-careful, punctilious, searching, close, elaborate, minute, studious, rigorous, particular;
religious, strict;
pedantic, fussy
1.1Very concerned to avoid doing wrong: she’s too scrupulous to have an affair with a married man
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  • This research provides evidence that developing a corporate culture that stresses honesty and scrupulous behavior is not only the right thing to do, but produces real savings to the cooperative as well.
  • The title's meanings remain only provisionally understood, but the term's significance was bound up in notions of learning, the righteousness of tradition, and the scrupulous observance of ritual obligation.
  • Seeking to protect his pregnant wife, gangster Gui decides to give himself up to the authorities, only to find his act of self-sacrifice results in the loss of everything to less scrupulous rivals.
honest, honourable, upright, upstanding, high-minded, righteous, right-minded, moral, ethical, good, virtuous, principled, proper, correct, just, noble, incorruptible, anti-corruption, conscientious, respectable, decent



Pronunciation: /skruːpjʊˈlɒsɪti/
Example sentences
  • She says I'm suffering from a kind of extremism, an obsessive-compulsive disorder called scrupulosity.
  • But it did acquire, I think, very much during the Second World War, as I say, a reputation for scrupulosity and honesty, which it hasn't lost to this day.
  • The legal scrupulosity with which the Normans pursued wickedness could be turned against them.


Pronunciation: /ˈskruːpjʊləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • They feel they have to make some worthy comment, treat the city with some kind of moral scrupulousness and say something appropriate.
  • His turning to God first showed itself in a new scrupulousness in morals.
  • Such moral scrupulousness and lack of compromise is regarded as an essential fruit of salvation.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'troubled with doubts'): from French scrupuleux or Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus (see scruple).

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