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

 

meticulous

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//məˈtɪkjələs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈtɪkjələs//
 
Describing work
 
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paying careful attention to every detail synonym fastidious, thorough meticulous planning/records/research Their room had been prepared with meticulous care. She planned her trip in meticulous detail. meticulous in something/doing something He's always meticulous in keeping the records up to date. meticulous about something My father was meticulous about his appearance. See related entries: Describing work Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘fearful or timid’): from Latin meticulosus, from metus ‘fear’. The word came to mean ‘excessively careful about detail’, hence the current sense (early 19th cent.).Extra examples She is meticulous in her choice of words. She kept the records in absolutely meticulous order. He’s always meticulous in keeping the records up to date. The room had been prepared with meticulous care.
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