• WordNet 3.6
    • n scrupulousness strict attention to minute details
    • n scrupulousness conformity to high standards of ethics or excellence
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scrupulousness Scrupulous character or disposition; conscientious regard for duty, truth, propriety, or exactness; specifically, regard for or attention to the dictates of conscience in deciding or acting.
    • n scrupulousness Punctilious preciseness; exactness; rigorousness; punctiliousness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Scrupulousness state of being scrupulous: doubt: niceness: precision
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  • Charles Dickens
    “Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. scrupule—L. scrupulus, dim. of scrupus, a sharp stone, anxiety.


In literature:

Her father never had been very scrupulous where money was concerned, and the pinch of want was not likely to make him more so.
"Beatrice" by H. Rider Haggard
She could see that the Brandon circle was over-scrupulous.
"A Little Journey in the World" by Charles Dudley Warner
And you ask lawyers and trustees how scrupulous women are in business transactions!
"Backlog Studies" by Charles Dudley Warner
His photographic scheme was nothing worse than a lover's not too scrupulous contrivance.
"A Laodicean" by Thomas Hardy
And if the prearranged programme is not scrupulously carried out, we feel that we have been defrauded.
"Cy Whittaker's Place" by Joseph C. Lincoln
But Sir John, less perspicuous or less scrupulous in the matter, had his retort ready.
"The Sea-Hawk" by Raphael Sabatini
Le souper sera galant sans doute: Mais ne faistu donc point scrupule de seduire une jeune et aimable persone comme celle-la'?
"The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son" by The Earl of Chesterfield
The glass tubes, which I myself have rinsed under the tap, are not exempt from a scrupulous cleaning.
"Bramble-bees and Others" by J. Henri Fabre
The law is absolute; and one and all scrupulously refrain from transgressing it.
"More Hunting Wasps" by J. Henri Fabre
The mosques, the civil and religious institutions, the harems, the women, the customs of the country-all were scrupulously respected.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne

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:

It carefully, scrupulously, and quietly watches legendary French chef Michel Bras and his son Sébastien create tantalizing, exquisite culinary masterpieces.
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.
Christopher Nolan's ponderous , pontifical action movies are written less as screenplays than as operator's manuals, guiding an audience through assembling their important themes while scrupulously making sure you don't miss a thing.
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.
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.

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