scrupulous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj scrupulous characterized by extreme care and great effort "conscientious application to the work at hand","painstaking research","scrupulous attention to details"
    • adj scrupulous having scruples; arising from a sense of right and wrong; principled "less scrupulous producers sent bundles that were deceptive in appearance"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scrupulous Careful; cautious; exact; nice; as, scrupulous abstinence from labor; scrupulous performance of duties.
    • Scrupulous Full of scruples; inclined to scruple; nicely doubtful; hesitating to determine or to act, from a fear of offending or of doing wrong. "Abusing their liberty, to the offense of their weak brethren which were scrupulous ."
    • Scrupulous Given to making objections; captious. "Equality of two domestic powers
      Breed scrupulous faction."
    • Scrupulous Liable to be doubted; doubtful; nice. "The justice of that cause ought to be evident; not obscure, not scrupulous ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scrupulous Inclined to scruple; hesitating to determine or to act; cautious from a fear of erring; especially, having scruples of conscience.
    • scrupulous Given to making objections; captious.
    • scrupulous Nice; doubtful.
    • scrupulous Exact; precise; rigorous; punctilious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Scrupulous having scruples, doubts, or objections: conscientious: cautious: exact: captious
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Quotations

  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. scrupulosus,: cf. F. scrupuleux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. scrupule—L. scrupulus, dim. of scrupus, a sharp stone, anxiety.

Usage

In literature:

CURIOUS(LY), scrupulous, particular; elaborate, elegant(ly), dainty(ly) (hence "in curious").
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
CURIOUS(LY), scrupulous, particular; elaborate, elegant(ly), dainty(ly) (hence "in curious").
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
But I know your scrupulous conscience.
"The Fat and the Thin" by Emile Zola
As far as I can learn, Faltonius is a worthy man, pious and scrupulous.
"The Unwilling Vestal" by Edward Lucas White
WALLENSTEIN (raising his voice, as all but ILLO had remained silent and seemingly scrupulous).
"The Piccolomini A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
How, my lord, So scrupulous when help is offered you?
"Mary Stuart A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
Whittaker scrupulously withdrew from the window.
"Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories" by Henry Seton Merriman
A scrupulously polite man, he was always cold in his politeness.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
But the paling was low, and Mat was not scrupulous.
"Hide and Seek" by Wilkie Collins
He had once been too scrupulous in not wounding vanity; he was now too indifferent to it.
"Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Inconveniencies will sometimes arise from having to do with persons of modest and scrupulousness.
"Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
They were clothed in white linen, which was kept scrupulously clean.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume I" by John Lord
How long have politicians been so scrupulous?
"Paris under the Commune" by John Leighton
His word could be relied on implicitly, and his dealings were marked by scrupulous honesty.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. II. July, 1862. No. 1." by Various
Boniface was too eager for peace to be over-scrupulous as to the honourable obligations of the two kings who sought his mediation.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
But traders and speculators are not always the most scrupulous of mankind.
"Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913" by Evelyn Baring
It made however in her life, strange and sad to say, so little difference that she would scrupulously keep her appointment.
"Embarrassments" by Henry James
The referee turned over page after page with the scrupulous attention of one whose acuteness is on trial.
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
Parallel with the window was a desk, scrupulously tidy.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Van Buren scrupulously observed the amenities of debate.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
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In poetry:

Water will run by; the actual sun
Will scrupulously rise and set;
No little man lives in the exacting moon
And that is that, is that, is that.
"Two Lovers And A Beachcomber" by Sylvia Plath
The Beaver had counted with scrupulous care,
Attending to every word:
But it fairly lost heart, and outgrabe in despair,
When the third repetition occurred.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Magic Trip manages the neat trick of offering a scrupulously coherent narrative of an unhinged time, while also visually exemplifying that deranged quality.
Aircraft maintenance records must be documented scrupulously, and the pedigree of every nut, bolt and washer has to be recorded for possible FAA review.
At one time it was the most demanding, the most scrupulous and sensuous of moments.
In the Financial Industry, a Less Scrupulous Class of Lawbreaker.
He's a scrupulously honest public servant.
Half the soul-searching is done through scrupulous examination of all the internal components, while the rest is done by accounting for all the external forces that perpetually shape the inside.
As cataclysmic as it is, this historically scrupulous science-fiction romance concerning the discovery of the unconscious mind might have been titled War of the Worlds or The Beast From 5,000 Fathoms.
Tomorrow night, exactly 85 years after 2,200 or so passengers and crew did the same, some 100 diners will pay $79 each to eat "the last dinner on the Titanic," as scrupulously recreated by the Halcyon restaurant in New York.
The director Peter Jackson's scrupulous devotion to the spirit of J. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy manifests itself in a gripping, intense fashion for the second of the film adaptations, "The Two Towers".
We have always wondered why doctors who are scrupulous about washing their hands seem less concerned about cleaning their stethoscopes .
If you've had black spot, mildew or other rose diseases, scrupulously remove fallen leaves.
Before you start adding too many toys to your holiday-shopping list this year, perhaps you should consider a couple of reports released earlier this week scrupulously pinpointing the most dangerous toys of 2012.
Wikipedia is hardly known for being overly-scrupulous when it comes to the credibility of its entries.
Before you start adding too many toys to your holiday -shopping list this year, perhaps you should consider a couple of reports released earlier this week scrupulously pinpointing the most dangerous toys of 2012.
Scrupulous Automation Funnels the Scrumptious for Swiss Chocolate Maker.
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In science:

The Businger–Golub algorithm can in principle significantly overpredict the rank, but in practice this problem is very rare provided that orthonormality is maintained scrupulously.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
The low-temperature magnetization curve of the investigated spin-chain model was scrupulously examined in the dependence on a spatial orientation of the applied magnetic field.
Ferrimagnetic spin-1/2 chain of alternating Ising and Heisenberg spins in arbitrarily oriented magnetic field
Mathematically inclined reader is encoraged to read paper by Brion and Vergne, Ref., where all missing details are scrupulously presented.
New Models for Veneziano Amplitudes: Combinatorial, Symplectic and Supersymmetric Aspects
The authors would like to thank Dr. Lin Leung for her scrupulous review and Prof. Michael Anshel for his helpful comments and encouragement.
A Chaotic Cipher Mmohocc and Its Randomness Evaluation
However, before using a statistical description we must scrupulously test which quantities can be treated by near-equilibrium methods.
Quo Vadis Strangeness? Strangeness - Open Questions
This command invokes an algorithm that has been scrupulously refined and adapted over the years.
An introduction to SDE simulation
The scrupulous investigator may therefore wish to commit to a certain value of N ahead of time, based on a preliminary investigation of how long it is likely to take to run the procedure N times.
Generating Random Elements of Finite Distributive Lattices
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