persnickety
[ per-snik-i-tee ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Late-19th century; English from Scots, variant of pernickety
Synonyms
    1.
  • careful fastidious picky
    2.
  • nitpicky finicky choosy
Antonyms
    1.
  • unfussy unconcerned
    2.
  • open easygoing laid-back
Definition
1. requiring painstaking care
2. overparticular; fussy
Examples
1. A) She was very persnickety over her painting, wanting every minor detail to be perfect. B) Her persnickety nature tended to get on people's nerves, however, he appreciated how careful she was.
2. A) Her boss had proven needlessly persnickety about some of the procedures, which did not endear him to his underlings. B) His persnickety approach had alienated him from so many other jobs, but it worked wonders when details mattered.
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