Definition of scruple verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scruple

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈskruːpl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskruːpl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scruple
BrE BrE//ˈskruːpl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskruːpl//
 
he / she / it scruples
BrE BrE//ˈskruːplz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskruːplz//
 
past simple scrupled
BrE BrE//ˈskruːpld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskruːpld//
 
past participle scrupled
BrE BrE//ˈskruːpld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskruːpld//
 
-ing form scrupling
BrE BrE//ˈskruːplɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskruːplɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] not scruple to do something (formal) to be willing to do something even if it might be wrong or immoral Word Origin late Middle English: from French scrupule or Latin scrupulus, from scrupus, literally ‘rough pebble’, (figuratively) ‘anxiety’.
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