adjective me·tic·u·lous \mə-ˈti-kyə-ləs\

: very careful about doing something in an extremely accurate and exact way

Full Definition of METICULOUS

:  marked by extreme or excessive care in the consideration or treatment of details <a meticulous researcher>
me·tic·u·los·i·ty \-ˌti-kyə-ˈlä-sə-tē\ noun
me·tic·u·lous·ly \-ˈti-kyə-ləs-lē\ adverb
me·tic·u·lous·ness \-nəs\ noun

Examples of METICULOUS

  1. Always meticulous about his appearance in the past, he had become dirty and unkempt, with straggly hair, stained clothes, and patches of silver stubble on his chin. —Minette Walters, Fox Evil, 2002


Latin meticulosus fearful, irregular from metus fear
First Known Use: 1827

Synonym Discussion of METICULOUS

careful, meticulous, scrupulous, punctilious mean showing close attention to detail. careful implies attentiveness and cautiousness in avoiding mistakes <a careful worker>. meticulous may imply either commendable extreme carefulness or a hampering finicky caution over small points <meticulous scholarship>. scrupulous applies to what is proper or fitting or ethical <scrupulous honesty>. punctilious implies minute, even excessive attention to fine points <punctilious observance of ritual>.

Rhymes with METICULOUS

METICULOUS Defined for Kids


adjective me·tic·u·lous \mə-ˈtik-yə-ləs\

Definition of METICULOUS for Kids

:  showing extreme or excessive care in thinking about or dealing with small details <a meticulous description>


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