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.
adv : with extreme conscientiousness; "he came religiously every
morning at 8 o'clock" [syn: conscientiously, religiously]