Definition of compunctious in English:

compunctious

Pronunciation /kəmˈpəNG(k)SHəs/ /kəmˈpəŋ(k)ʃəs/

adjective

  • Characterized by guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows the doing of something bad.

    • ‘compunctious feelings of apprehension’

Origin

Early 17th century from compunction + -ous.