Definition of scrupulous in US English:



  • 1(of a person or process) diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details.

    ‘the research has been carried out with scrupulous attention to detail’
    • ‘He seems as active in the process now as he ever was, appropriately scrupulous in the crediting and remembering of what was given, by whom and when.’
    • ‘The scrupulous fabrication of the low-relief wall ensembles in this show approaches the perverse.’
    • ‘He inherited standards of economy in design and of scrupulous execution from Domenico Veneziano and Fra Angelico, though he lacked the imaginative powers of either.’
    • ‘Ghost World and The Royal Tenenbaums would not be among my favorites for the year if not for their scrupulous production design.’
    • ‘Both he and Taylor are scrupulous in conveying how the photographs would have looked to Dodgson's audience.’
    • ‘In those days Bob was scrupulous about fully crediting Gerry - and appropriately crediting everyone in the office.’
    • ‘Weinberg's strengths as an art historian owe largely to his scrupulous attention to the visual field.’
    • ‘Probably the most painstaking part of the job is the scrupulous documentation process.’
    • ‘This is always an issue for the scrupulous scholar - what to enlarge upon, what to jettison - but this is the only equivocation about this impressive book, written with both passion and clarity.’
    • ‘He periodically returns to a monochromatic style, punctuated by scrupulous forays into vivid chromatic declarations.’
    • ‘She is scrupulous about disclosing her sources and acknowledging her debts while insistent that her aesthetic judgments are based on what she has looked at hard and pondered.’
    • ‘Their compositions were symmetrical and bathed in an even light; only perfect examples of cultivars in full bloom were included, and individual blooms were painted with scrupulous accuracy.’
    • ‘However, right at the beginning he is scrupulous in distinguishing the two terms.’
    • ‘Individually and as a group, Cubist images demand the viewer's scrupulous attention.’
    • ‘The first ‘Station’ gives us a curved cross suspended from a short, rusty chain, the figure in lean, scrupulous profile.’
    • ‘To be sure, Meyer makes such large-scale historical revisions and theoretical shifts only implicitly and through the lens of scrupulous historical detail.’
    • ‘You sense only the labor-intensive detailing of a boat modeler, no doubt scrupulous but also antiquarian.’
    • ‘The effects of such scrupulous husbandry are manifest by the way in which the cultivated and natural landscape merge into one another in a rare reciprocity.’
    • ‘It has never been so scrupulous in its methods, so inclusive in the questions it asks - and so incurious about what might be called the aesthetic life of a building.’
    • ‘Brown is scrupulous in presenting what is, and what is not, known about these situations.’
    careful, meticulous, painstaking, thorough, assiduous, sedulous, attentive, diligent, conscientious, ultra-careful, punctilious, searching, close, elaborate, minute, studious, rigorous, particular
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    1. 1.1 Very concerned to avoid doing wrong.
      ‘she's too scrupulous to have an affair with a married man’
      • ‘Seeking to protect his pregnant wife, gangster Gui decides to give himself up to the authorities, only to find his act of self-sacrifice results in the loss of everything to less scrupulous rivals.’
      • ‘The title's meanings remain only provisionally understood, but the term's significance was bound up in notions of learning, the righteousness of tradition, and the scrupulous observance of ritual obligation.’
      • ‘This research provides evidence that developing a corporate culture that stresses honesty and scrupulous behavior is not only the right thing to do, but produces real savings to the cooperative as well.’
      honest, honourable, upright, upstanding, high-minded, righteous, right-minded, moral, ethical, good, virtuous, principled, proper, correct, just, noble, incorruptible, anti-corruption, conscientious, respectable, decent
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘troubled with doubts’): from French scrupuleux or Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus (see scruple).