scruple (plural scruples)
- (obsolete) A weight of frac 1 of a pound, that is, twenty grains or one third of a dram, in England about 1.3 grams (symbol: ℈).
- Synonyms: s.ap.
- 1725, [Noël] Chomel, “BEZOAR-STONE ↗”, in R[ichard] Bradley, editor, Dictionaire Oeconomique: Or, The Family Dictionary. […], in Two Volumes, […], volume II (I–Z), London: Printed for D. Midwinter, […], OCLC 991191027 ↗:
- Bezoar (Horſe) called Hypolites, excites Sweat, reſiſts Poiſon, kills the Worms, and ſtops a Looſeneſs; the Doſe is from half a Scruple to two Scruples.
- (obsolete, by extension) A very small quantity; a particle.
- Synonyms: Thesaurus:modicum
- (obsolete) A doubt#Noun|doubt or uncertainty concerning a matter of fact; intellectual perplexity.
- Hesitation to act from the difficulty of determining what is right#Adjective|right or expedient; doubt#Noun|doubt, hesitation or unwillingness due to motive#Noun|motives of conscience.
- A Hebrew unit of time#Noun|time equal to frac 1080 hour.
scruple (scruples, present participle scrupling; past and past participle scrupled)
- (intransitive) To hesitate or be reluctant to act due to considerations of conscience or expedience.
- (intransitive) To excite scruples in; to cause to scruple.
- (transitive) To regard with suspicion; to question#Verb|question.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To question the truth of (a fact, etc.); to doubt#Verb|doubt; to hesitate to believe, to question.
- I do not scruple to admit that all the Earth seeth but only half of the Moon.
- Russian: стесня́ться
- Spanish: escrúpulo