Scru"pu*lous (?), a. [L. scrupulosus: cf. F. scrupuleux.]

1.

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. Hooker.

2.

Careful; cautious; exact; nice; as, scrupulous abstinence from labor; scrupulous performance of duties.

3.

Given to making objections; captious.

[Obs.]

Equality of two domestic powers Breed scrupulous faction. Shak.

4.

Liable to be doubted; doubtful; nice.

[Obs.]

The justice of that cause ought to be evident; not obscrure, not scrupulous. Bacon.

Syn. -- Cautious; careful; conscientious; hesitating.

-- Scru"pu*lous*ly, adv. -- Scru"pu*lous*ness, n.

 

© Webster 1913.

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