punctilious
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /pʌŋkˈtɪli.əs/
Adjective

punctilious

  1. Strictly attentive to detail; meticulous or fastidious, particularly to codes or conventions.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:meticulous
    With a punctilious slap of the gloves, the duel was now inevitable.
  2. Precise or scrupulous; finicky or nitpicky.
    Synonyms: finicky, nitpicky, precise, Thesaurus:meticulous
    • 2009, Ronnie Cann, Ruth Kempson and Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Semantics: an introduction to meaning in language
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