- Showing great attention to detail or correct behavior.
“With his punctilious nature, he is considering pursuing a degree in business management.”
“She is so punctilious about organizing her pantry that every shelf has a label.”
“While his punctilious attention to minute details was usually appreciated, this time it made us late to turn in the final project.”
Italian, mid-17th century
Why this word?
The adjective “punctilious” comes from the noun “punctilio,” meaning “a fine point or detail.” Being overly concerned with specific rules and procedures will earn you the reputation of being punctilious. “Punctilio” comes from the Spanish “puntillo,” which is a diminutive of “punto,” meaning “a point.”
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