April 08, 2016
meticulous (adjective)
\muh-TIH-kyuh-luss\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: extremely or overly careful in small details
How do you use it?
As manager of the baseball team, Justine was meticulous in keeping records of the players' statistics.
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We weren't quite as meticulous as we should have been in picking synonyms. Only one of the words listed means the same thing as "meticulous." Which one do you think it is?

Like "meticulous," "scrupulous" means showing close attention to detail. "Meticulous" can be used to describe either a person who is extremely careful in a positive way, as illustrated by our example sentence, or a person who is hampered by finicky caution over small points. "Scrupulous" applies to what is proper or ethical, as in "able to count on his scrupulous honesty." Two other synonyms of "meticulous" are "careful" and "punctilious." "Careful" implies attentiveness and cautiousness in avoiding mistakes, as in "being a careful worker." "Punctilious" usually has to do with following the details of proper ways of behaving, as in "paid punctilious attention to table manners."
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