V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: adhering to minute details and formalities
Synonyms: precise, scrupulous, careful, proper, particular, finicky, exact
Antonyms: careless, faulty, vague
Tips: Punctilious is derived from the Italian puntiglio, which means "fine point." Punctilious describes people very concerned with the finer points of something. It may be helpful to think of the related words punctuation "points used in writing" and punctual "concerned with the finer point of timeliness."
The punctilious editor was highly concerned with punctuation. (particular, finicky)
Her thesis required a year's worth of punctilious research. (scrupulous, careful)
The host's punctilious attention to detail made his party a great success. (precise, particular)
She is very punctilious about the care of her home and insists on cleaning it herself because she doesn't think anyone else will do as good a job. (particular, finicky)
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