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."

Usage Examples:

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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