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conscientious
used in Middlemarch

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careful to do what is right—especially to perform duties in a thorough manner (as when guided by conscience)
  • "Perhaps he has conscientious scruples founded on his own unfitness," said Dorothea, who was interesting herself in finding a favorable explanation.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (66% in)
  • Riding was an indulgence which she allowed herself in spite of conscientious qualms; she felt that she enjoyed it in a pagan sensuous way, and always looked forward to renouncing it.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (3% in)
  • But her life was just now full of hope and action: she was not only thinking of her plans, but getting down learned books from the library and reading many things hastily (that she might be a little less ignorant in talking to Mr. Casaubon), all the while being visited with conscientious questionings whether she were not exalting these poor doings above measure and contemplating them with that self-satisfaction which was the last doom of ignorance and folly.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (24% in)
  • Mr. Casaubon pronounced this little speech with the most conscientious intention, blinking a little and swaying his head up and down, and concluding with a smile.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (75% in)
  • "I had a duty towards him," said Mr. Casaubon, laying his other hand on Dorothea's in conscientious acceptance of her caress, but with a glance which he could not hinder from being uneasy.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (**% in)
  • Even good Mr. Powderell, who in his constant charity of interpretation was inclined to esteem Lydgate the more for what seemed a conscientious pursuit of a better plan, had his mind disturbed with doubts during his wife's attack of erysipelas, and could not abstain from mentioning to Lydgate that Mr. Peacock on a similar occasion had administered a series of boluses which were not otherwise definable than by their remarkable effect in bringing Mrs. Powderell round before Michaelmas...
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (17% in)
  • Bulstrode had anything but a warm interest in his nephew Fred Vincy, but he had a strong wish to secure Mr. Garth's services on many scattered points of business at which he was sure to be a considerable loser, if they were under less conscientious management.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (57% in)
  • You are a conscientious man, Mr. Garth—a man, I trust, who feels himself accountable to God.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (61% in)
  • Whereas, again and again, in his time of freedom, he had denounced the perversion of pathological doubt into moral doubt and had said—"the purest experiment in treatment may still be conscientious: my business is to take care of life, and to do the best I can think of for it.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (7% in)
  • I cannot conscientiously advise you to do it in dependence on any activity of mine.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (30% in)

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