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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Latin
Origin: meticulosus 'afraid', from metus 'fear'

meticulous

adjective
     
me‧tic‧u‧lous
very careful about small details, and always making sure that everything is done correctly:
He kept meticulous accounts.
Their planning and preparation were meticulous.
He cleaned the tools with meticulous care.
The book describes his journey in meticulous detail.
meticulous in
He was meticulous in his use of words.
meticulous about
He has always been so meticulous about his appearance.
meticulously adverb:
The attack was meticulously planned and executed.

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