Adjective "Meticulous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise.
  1. 'he had always been so meticulous about his appearance'
  2. 'You are known to be a rather meticulous musician, with a great attention to details.'
  3. 'The Tribunal plainly considered the objective facts with meticulous care and in great detail.'
  4. 'It is his meticulous attention to detail which has brought him the fast cars and the fast lifestyle he has enjoyed.'
  5. 'He reveals a meticulous attention to detail when discussing what he looks for in a player.'
  6. 'Their leader must be a very, very intelligent, meticulous and careful person.'
  7. 'The film is visually spectacular, with epic battle scenes and meticulous attention to period detail.'
  8. 'How fabulous it would be to have a willing helper to load my gear onto boats and rig my kit with meticulous care!'
  9. 'As a General, Monty was a great planner, meticulous in his attention deal.'
  10. 'It's hard to devise an argument that debunks the merit of his meticulous methodology.'
  11. 'Although he had prepared the expedition with meticulous care, the campaign was bungled.'


1. taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough: a meticulous craftsman; meticulous personal appearance.

2. finicky; fussy: meticulous adherence to technicalities.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be meticulous in things."

"people can be meticulous in choices."

"engineers can be meticulous in things."

"pros can be meticulous on points."

"people can be meticulous in/at/on mornings."

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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘fearful or timid’): from Latin meticulosus, from metus ‘fear’. The word came to mean ‘overcareful about detail’, hence the current sense (early 19th century).