having scruples; as a result of a sense of right and incorrect; principled
- described as severe care and great work
- Full of scruples inclined to scruple well skeptical hesitating to find out or to work from a fear of offending or of accomplishing incorrect
- Comprehensive ofscrupules; inclined to scruple; well skeptical; hesitating to find out or even to act, from a concern about offending or to do wrong.
- Careful; careful; specific; nice; because, scrupulous abstinence from labor; scrupulous overall performance of tasks.
- provided to making objections; captious.
- Liable to be doubted; doubtful; great.
mid-15c., from Anglo-French scrupulus, center French scrupuleux, or directly from Latin scrupulosus, from scrupulus (see scruple). Associated: Scrupulously; scrupulousness.
But he was not scrupulous in the means he employed, and he was willing to maintain in power detestable ministers if only they served him efficiently and filled his coffers.