(?), a. [L. scrupulosus: cf. F. scrupuleux.] 1. Full of scruples; inclined to scruple; nicely doubtful; hesitating to determine or to act, from a fear of offending or of doing wrong.
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Abusing their liberty, to the offense of their weak brethren which were scrupulous.
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2. Careful; cautious; exact; nice; as, scrupulous abstinence from labor; scrupulous performance of duties.
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3. Given to making objections; captious. [Obs.]
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Equality of two domestic powers
Breed scrupulous faction.
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4. Liable to be doubted; doubtful; nice. [Obs.]
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The justice of that cause ought to be evident; not obscure, not scrupulous.
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Syn. -- Cautious; careful; conscientious; hesitating.
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-- Scru"pu*lous*ly, adv. -- Scru"pu*lous*ness, n.
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