Scru"pu*lous (?), a. [L. scrupulosus: cf. F. scrupuleux.]
Full ofscrupules; inclined to scruple; nicely doubtful; hesitating to determine or to act, from a fear of offending or of doing wrong.
Abusing their liberty, to the offense of their weak brethren which were scrupulous.
Careful; cautious; exact; nice; as, scrupulous abstinence from labor; scrupulous performance of duties.
Given to making objections; captious.
Equality of two domestic powers
Breed scrupulous faction.
Liable to be doubted; doubtful; nice.
The justice of that cause ought to be evident; not obscrure, not scrupulous.
Syn. -- Cautious; careful; conscientious; hesitating.
-- Scru"pu*lous*ly, adv. -- Scru"pu*lous*ness, n.
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