Meticulous

Pronunciation: [ muh-tik-yuh-luhs ]


Definition: adjective

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

Origin: Mid 16th century; Latin


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


Usage:


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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