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EtymologyEdit

From Latin meticulōsus (full of fear, timid, fearful, terrible, frightful), from metus (fear) and -culōsus, extracted from perīculōsus (perilous). Sense of "characterized by very precise, conscientious attention to details" is from French méticuleux.

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /mɨˈtɪkjɨlɨs/, /mɨˈtɪkjuləs/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪkjələs

AdjectiveEdit

meticulous (comparative more meticulous, superlative most meticulous)

  1. Characterized by very precise, conscientious attention to details.
    Synonyms: careful, precise, painstaking, rigorous, scrupulous; see also Thesaurus:meticulous
    Antonyms: sloppy, careless, slapdash
  2. (archaic) Timid, fearful, overly cautious.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:cautious
    Antonyms: aggressive, carefree; see also Thesaurus:careless

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