• Punctilious

    Pronunciation

    • GenAm IPA: /pʌŋkˈtɪliəs/

    Origin

    From punctilio + -ous

    Full definition of punctilious

    Adjective

    punctilious

    1. Strictly attentive to detail; meticulous or fastidious, particularly to codes or conventions.With a punctilious slap of the gloves, the duel was now inevitable.
    2. Precise or scrupulous; finicky or nitpicky.
      • 2009, Ronnie Cann, Ruth Kempson and Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Semantics: an introduction to meaning in languageOf course, humans do not treat time in such a punctilious fashion.

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