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scrupulous
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Definition careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
  • You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
  • She runs an unscrupulous business.
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unscrupulous means not and reverses the meaning of scrupulous. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Lenders trust her as a scrupulous property inspector.
  • scrupulous = honest and careful
  • 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 is so very strict and scrupulous in his notions; over-scrupulous I must say.
    Austen, Jane  --  Persuasion
  • Away with scrupulous wit! Now arms must rule.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Henry the Sixth
  • He would be scrupulous about paying support;
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
  • 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
  • scrupulously = with care to be ethical
  • The trip to Phoenix was very short, though Jared kept the speed scrupulously below the limit.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • scrupulously = ethically and diligently
  • A shameful, unscrupulous opportunist!
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • unscrupulous = unethical
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unscrupulous means not and reverses the meaning of scrupulous. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • The boy sitting next to Ender was scrupulously careful not to touch him.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • scrupulously = diligently (extremely careful)
  • a beautiful but notoriously unscrupulous woman who lived up to her dishonorable reputation.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • unscrupulous = unethical
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unscrupulous means not and reverses the meaning of scrupulous. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • The very scrupulousness with which he told her...
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • scrupulousness = care and attention to detail
  • There was no other token of her personality about the room, unless it showed itself in the scrupulous neatness of the scant articles of furniture:
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • scrupulous = meticulous (careful attention to detail)
  • either he is unscrupulously ambitious, or he is unswervingly egocentric.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • unscrupulously = unethically
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unscrupulously means not and reverses the meaning of scrupulously. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • "Ye're unco scrupulous," sneered Alan
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • scrupulous = careful to behave ethically.
  • her unscrupulousness against his moralities
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • unscrupulousness = unethical behavior
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unscrupulousness means not and reverses the meaning of scrupulousness. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Arthur has always treated you with such scrupulous justice.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • scrupulous = careful
  • July took it as a criticism of his work, which he felt he had done scrupulously.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • scrupulously = carefully with attention to detail
  • she habitually and unscrupulously uses her personal fascination to make men give her whatever she wants.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
unscrupulously = unethically
(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unscrupulously means not and reverses the meaning of scrupulously. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)

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