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 Dictionary entry overview: What does scrupulous mean? 

SCRUPULOUS (adjective)
  The adjective SCRUPULOUS has 2 senses:

1. having scruples; arising from a sense of right and wrong; principled
2. characterized by extreme care and great effort

  Familiarity information: SCRUPULOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SCRUPULOUS (adjective)

Sense 1scrupulous [BACK TO TOP]


Having scruples; arising from a sense of right and wrong; principled

Context example:

less scrupulous producers sent bundles that were deceptive in appearance


religious (extremely scrupulous and conscientious)


principled (based on or manifesting objectively defined standards of rightness or morality)


unscrupulous (without scruples or principles)

Sense 2scrupulous [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by extreme care and great effort


conscientious; painstaking; scrupulous

Context examples:

conscientious application to the work at hand / painstaking research / scrupulous attention to details


careful (exercising caution or showing care or attention)

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