Definition of meticulous in English:


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  • Showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise.

    ‘he had always been so meticulous about his appearance’
    • ‘The film is visually spectacular, with epic battle scenes and meticulous attention to period detail.’
    • ‘You are minutely analytical and can fulfill any task that requires meticulous attention to detail.’
    • ‘It is his meticulous attention to detail which has brought him the fast cars and the fast lifestyle he has enjoyed.’
    • ‘He reveals a meticulous attention to detail when discussing what he looks for in a player.’
    • ‘The book is impressive both in its scope and in the author's meticulous attention to detail.’
    • ‘He said no items had yet been recovered from the property but a careful and meticulous search would be carried out.’
    • ‘The raid by Russia's elite forces was planned in the most meticulous detail.’
    • ‘In line with the management's meticulous eye for detail, some changes are tiny.’
    • ‘As a General, Monty was a great planner, meticulous in his attention deal.’
    • ‘Their leader must be a very, very intelligent, meticulous and careful person.’
    • ‘The Tribunal plainly considered the objective facts with meticulous care and in great detail.’
    • ‘It's hard to devise an argument that debunks the merit of his meticulous methodology.’
    • ‘She had planned for her retirement and old age with meticulous care.’
    • ‘Although he had prepared the expedition with meticulous care, the campaign was bungled.’
    • ‘How fabulous it would be to have a willing helper to load my gear onto boats and rig my kit with meticulous care!’
    • ‘You are known to be a rather meticulous musician, with a great attention to details.’
    • ‘She was very careful in her everyday life and was meticulous and was not the type of person to approach strangers.’
    • ‘He is a fantastically meticulous actor but if he isn't reined in this detail becomes fussiness.’
    • ‘A meticulous lecturer and painfully accurate author, he instilled the same standards in his pupils.’
    • ‘Oral odours are best treated through meticulous oral hygiene and optimal dental care.’
    careful, conscientious, diligent, ultra-careful, scrupulous, punctilious, painstaking, demanding, exacting, accurate, correct
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/məˈtikyələs/ /məˈtɪkjələs/


Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘fearful or timid’): from Latin meticulosus, from metus ‘fear’. The word came to mean ‘overcareful about detail’, hence the current sense (early 19th century).