Scru"pu*lous(?), 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.
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.
Equality of two domestic powersShak.
Breed scrupulous faction.
4. Liable to be doubted; doubtful; nice.
The justice of that cause ought to be evident; not obscure, not scrupulous.Bacon.
Syn. -- Cautious; careful; conscientious; hesitating.
adv. -- Scru"pu*lous*ness,
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