meticulous
[ muh-tik-yuh-luhs ]
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Part of Speech adjective
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
Definition
taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough
Example
The surgeon received numerous awards for his meticulous and superior work.
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