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scrupulous
used in Washington Square

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Definition
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
  • her fortune is already more than sufficient to attract those unscrupulous adventurers...
    Chapter 33 (89% in)
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.)
  • He was extremely polite to Lavinia, scrupulously, formally polite; and she had never seen him in anger but once in her life, when he lost his temper in a theological discussion with her late husband.
    Chapter 2 (30% in)
  • It was quite on her conscience to deliver this message, and had the mission been ten times more painful she would have as scrupulously performed it.
    Chapter 20 (65% in)
  • You doubtless think him too scrupulous.
    Chapter 30 (97% in)

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