punctilious
I adjective accurate, attentive, careful, ceremonious, conscientious, correct, diligens, dutiful, exact, exacting, faithful, fastidious, finical, finicking, finicky, formal, fussy, methodical, meticulous, minutely correct, observant, observant of decorum, particular, precise, refined, rigid, rigorous, scrupulous, starched, stiff, strict, systematic, thorough, uncompromising II index accurate, close (rigorous), conscientious, detailed, diligent, draconian, exact, meticulous, painstaking, particular (exacting), precise, rigid, strict

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  • Punctilious — Punc*til ious ( y[u^]s), a. [Cf. It. puntiglioso, Sp. puntilloso.] Attentive to punctilio; very nice or exact in the forms of behavior, etiquette, or mutual intercourse; precise; exact in the smallest particulars. A punctilious observance of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • punctilious — [puŋk til′ē əs] adj. [Fr pointilleux < pointille < It puntiglio: see PUNCTILIO] 1. very careful about every detail of behavior, ceremony, etc. [a punctilious host] 2. very exact; scrupulous punctiliously adv. punctiliousness n …   English World dictionary

  • punctilious — 1630s, probably from It. puntiglioso, from puntiglio fine point, from L. punctum prick (see POINT (Cf. point)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • punctilious — punctual, meticulous, scrupulous, *careful Analogous words: particular, fussy, squeamish, fastidious, *nice: formal, conventional, ceremonious, *ceremonial …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • punctilious — [adj] careful, finicky ceremonious, conscientious, conscionable, conventional, exact, formal, formalistic, fussy, good eye*, heedful, meticulous, nice, observant, overconscientious, overscrupulous, painstaking, particular, persnickety, precise,… …   New thesaurus

  • punctilious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing great attention to detail or correct behaviour. DERIVATIVES punctiliously adverb punctiliousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • punctilious — [[t]pʌŋktɪ̱liəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is punctilious is very careful to behave correctly. [FORMAL] He was punctilious about being ready and waiting in the entrance hall exactly on time... He was a punctilious young man. Syn: meticulous… …   English dictionary

  • punctilious — adjective /pʌŋkˈtɪliəs/ a) Strictly attentive to detail; meticulous or fastidious, particularly to codes or conventions. With a punctilious slap of the gloves, the duel was now inevitable. b) Precise or scrupulous; finicky or …   Wiktionary

  • punctilious — adj. punctilious about * * * [pʌŋk tɪlɪəs] punctilious about …   Combinatory dictionary

  • punctilious — punc|til|i|ous [pʌŋkˈtıliəs] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: punctilio detail of good behavior (16 21 centuries), from Italian puntiglio, from Spanish puntillo, from Latin punctum; POINT1] very careful to behave correctly and follow rules… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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