Adjective "conscientious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Wishing to do one's work or duty well and thoroughly.
  1. 'He was thoroughly conscientious, always helpful and very much liked.'
  2. 'Operators must be vigilant, conscientious and dedicated in their duties of administering backups and verifying their successful completion.'
  3. 'I am conscientious and studious and dedicated to my education thank you very much.'
  4. 'I would say most councillors recognise that the vast majority of council employees are hard working, conscientious individuals who deserve all the support that elected members can give them.'
  5. 'There are three areas of character building that a conscientious coach may wish to develop during his time with players.'
  6. 'And the Germans are hard working, conscientious, trying hard to be principled pragmatics, wearing history heavily on their shoulder.'
  7. 'She was conscientious in her duties, and would insist on reading every sentence, - there was no saying where she might find faults of grammar or bad spelling.'
  8. 'A careful, conscientious driver has a momentary lapse in attention, distracted for a second or two, perhaps by a roadside advertisement, and tragedy results - a person is killed.'
  9. 'Kind, conscientious and hard-working, Eddie was a man of many noble qualities who commanded the height of regard and respect among his many friends in England.'
  10. 'The truth is that many of the women are better than the men, they are more careful and conscientious.'
Relating to a person's conscience.
  1. 'So if the Legislature wants to accommodate people's religious beliefs as well as their secular philosophical and conscientious beliefs, that's great.'
  2. 'No juror should surrender his or her conscientious beliefs solely for the purpose of returning a unanimous verdict.'
  3. 'Where so many people find government policies and their execution morally repugnant, we need a moral framework that can expect and honour conscientious dissent.'
  4. 'No-one shall be required to bear arms or perform military service against his or her conscientious beliefs.'
  5. 'She's a decent woman who has directed the editorial page to take some very conscientious stands.'
  6. 'His application was rejected because he failed to convince the commission of his conscientious beliefs.'


1. governed by conscience; controlled by or done according to one's inner sense of what is right; principled: She's a conscientious judge, who does not let personal prejudices influence her decisions.

2. careful and painstaking; particular; meticulous; scrupulous: conscientious application to the work at hand.

More examples(as adjective)

"objectors can be conscientious."

"people can be conscientious."

"objections can be conscientious."

"works can be conscientious."

"teachers can be conscientious."

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Early 17th century: from French consciencieux, from medieval Latin conscientiosus, from Latin conscientia (see conscience).