meticulous

[ muh-tik-yuh-luhs ]

Part of Speech

adjective

Definition

taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough

Origin + Etymology

from Latin meticulosus, from metus ‘fear’. The word came to mean ‘overcareful about detail’, hence the current sense (early 19th century)

Synonyms

  • accurate
  • cautious
  • conscientious
  • exact
  • precise
  • thorough

Antonyms

  • careless
  • imprecise
  • inaccurate
  • indefinite
  • inexact

Example

The surgeon received numerous awards for his meticulous and superior work.

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