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You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
  careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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While scrupulous may mean "to behave ethically or diligently", unscrupulous always means "to behave unethically".
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  • You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
  • Lenders trust her as a scrupulous property inspector.
  • She runs an unscrupulous business.
  • He is so very strict and scrupulous in his notions; over-scrupulous I must say.
    Austen, Jane  --  Persuasion

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  • Away with scrupulous wit! Now arms must rule.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Henry the Sixth
  • A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
    George Orwell
  • He would be scrupulous about paying support;
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Hermione had been to a supermarket under the Invisibility Cloak (scrupulously dropping the money into an open till as she left),
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The trip to Phoenix was very short, though Jared kept the speed scrupulously below the limit.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • a beautiful but notoriously unscrupulous woman who lived up to her dishonorable reputation.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner

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  • A shameful, unscrupulous opportunist!
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The boy sitting next to Ender was scrupulously careful not to touch him.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • I have always been strictly just and scrupulous in my summing up of a case.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • ...that unscrupulous toad Zahid,
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • He took what he could get, ravenously and unscrupulously...
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • you were not very scrupulous in the means you used.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • she was a most unscrupulous spy and listener
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • ...we have not been too scrupulous.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • If you knew Stradlater, you’d have been worried, too. ... He was unscrupulous.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • But others are by no means so scrupulous.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I was still excessively scrupulous about everything I wrote.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • either he is unscrupulously ambitious, or he is unswervingly egocentric.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The bills... were presented at his office with scrupulous exactitude, and... were paid... with equal punctuality.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • By those best acquainted with his habits, the paleness of the young minister’s cheek was accounted for by his too earnest devotion to study, his scrupulous fulfillment of parochial duty,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Is that religion which is less scrupulous, less generous, less just, less considerate for man, than even my own ungodly, worldly, blinded nature?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • "He was too scrupulous always," she said.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The very scrupulousness with which he told her...
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Here was a population, low-class and mostly foreign, hanging always on the verge of starvation, and dependent for its opportunities of life upon the whim of men every bit as brutal and unscrupulous as the old-time slave drivers;
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • she was in all respects a woman of scrupulous conscience,
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • I thought her, on a thousand occasions, unnecessarily scrupulous and cautious:
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I am in the power of an unscrupulous man
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • She looked bold and resourceful and unscrupulous, and she was all of these.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Eddie’s eyes were blue, wide and questioning; he had blond hair and a square face, unremarkable except for that look of scrupulous attentiveness and...
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Rage filled the king over her slander, but being scrupulous he shrank from killing him.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I took and furnished that house in Soho, to which Hyde was tracked by the police; and engaged as housekeeper a creature whom I well knew to be silent and unscrupulous.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • her unscrupulousness against his moralities
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He was scrupulous about taking any money from his master
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Arthur has always treated you with such scrupulous justice.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • It had once been noted at the Bar, that while Mr. Stryver was a glib man, and an unscrupulous, and a ready, and a bold, he had not that faculty of extracting the essence from a heap of statements, which is among the most striking and necessary of the advocate’s accomplishments.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • It was so obvious that we were meant for each other.  So obvious that I was the only man of your acquaintance who could love you after knowing you as you really are—hard and greedy and unscrupulous, like me.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He married an unscrupulous woman,
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • But Isabella had promised and promised again; and when she promised a thing, she was so scrupulous in performing it!
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Mrs. Grose slowly got up, and I scrupulously added: "Unless, of course, we can prevent!"
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • his unscrupulous pursuit of selfish ends through evil means.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Sometimes it looks as if people act quite unscrupulously, but I believe they also have a kind of conscience somewhere, deep down.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • scrupulous in the performance of his duties
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He is so very strict and scrupulous in his notions;
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • some unscrupulous man in power
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • The ready-laid table, the two silver chafing-dishes, the crystal door-knobs, the parquet and the furniture, all shone with a scrupulous, English cleanliness;
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • with a most scrupulous fear of being late
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
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