1. Full of scruples; 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 obscure, not scrupulous. --Bacon.
Syn: -- Cautious; careful; conscientious; hesitating.
-- Scru*pu*lous*ly, adv. -- Scru*pu*lous*ness, n.
adj 1: having scruples; arising from a sense of right and wrong;
principled; "less scrupulous producers sent bundles
that were deceptive in appearance" [ant: unscrupulous]
2: characterized by extreme care and great effort;
"conscientious application to the work at hand";
"painstaking research"; "scrupulous attention to details"
[syn: conscientious, painstaking]