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

    ‘the research has been carried out with scrupulous attention to detail’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, right at the beginning he is scrupulous in distinguishing the two terms.’
    • ‘Both he and Taylor are scrupulous in conveying how the photographs would have looked to Dodgson's audience.’
    • ‘To be sure, Meyer makes such large-scale historical revisions and theoretical shifts only implicitly and through the lens of scrupulous historical detail.’
    • ‘Probably the most painstaking part of the job is the scrupulous documentation process.’
    • ‘Weinberg's strengths as an art historian owe largely to his scrupulous attention to the visual field.’
    • ‘Individually and as a group, Cubist images demand the viewer's scrupulous attention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You sense only the labor-intensive detailing of a boat modeler, no doubt scrupulous but also antiquarian.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The first ‘Station’ gives us a curved cross suspended from a short, rusty chain, the figure in lean, scrupulous profile.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He periodically returns to a monochromatic style, punctuated by scrupulous forays into vivid chromatic declarations.’
    • ‘In those days Bob was scrupulous about fully crediting Gerry - and appropriately crediting everyone in the office.’
    • ‘Ghost World and The Royal Tenenbaums would not be among my favorites for the year if not for their scrupulous production design.’
    • ‘The scrupulous fabrication of the low-relief wall ensembles in this show approaches the perverse.’
    • ‘Brown is scrupulous in presenting what is, and what is not, known about these situations.’
    • ‘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.’
    careful, meticulous, painstaking, thorough, assiduous, sedulous, attentive, diligent, conscientious, ultra-careful, punctilious, searching, close, elaborate, minute, studious, rigorous, particular
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    1. 1.1Very concerned to avoid doing wrong.
      ‘she's too scrupulous to have an affair with a married man’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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/ˈskro͞opyələs/ /ˈskrupjələs/


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘troubled with doubts’): from French scrupuleux or Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus (see scruple).