Punctilious

Pronunciation: [ puhngk-til-ee-uhs ]


Definition: adjective

extremely attentive to punctilios; strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct or actions; showing great attention to detail or correct behavior

Origin: Mid 17th century; Italian


Etymology: from French pointilleux, from pointille, from Italian puntiglio


Usage:


Synonyms:

  • ceremonious

  • conventional

  • exact

  • formal

  • formalistic

  • meticulous

Antonyms:

  • careless

  • easy-going

  • informal

  • uncaring

Example:

The man was uniquely punctilious about his obligations.

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