Definition of scrupulous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈskruːpjələs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskruːpjələs//
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  1. 1careful about paying attention to every detail synonym meticulous You must be scrupulous about hygiene when you're preparing a baby's feed. scrupulous attention to detail
  2. 2scrupulous (in something/in doing something) careful to be honest and do what is right He was scrupulous in all his business dealings. She has a reputation for scrupulous honesty. You are expected to be scrupulous in not favouring any individual candidate over another. opposite unscrupulous See related entries: Honest
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘troubled with doubts’): from French scrupuleux or Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus, from scrupus, literally ‘rough pebble’, (figuratively) ‘anxiety’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scrupulous