conscientious

  • 1 Conscientious — Con sci*en tious, a. [Cf. F. consciencieux, LL. conscientiosus.] 1. Influenced by conscience; governed by a strict regard to the dictates of conscience, or by the known or supposed rules of right and wrong; said of a person. [1913 Webster] The… …

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  • 2 conscientious — UK US /ˌkɒnʃiˈenʃəs/ adjective ► serious about your work and putting a lot of effort into doing it in a careful way: »Greg Smith is a conscientious and dedicated worker who will be an asset to your company. conscientiously adverb ► »Employees are …

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  • 3 conscientious — [adj1] thorough, careful complete, diligent, exact, exacting, faithful, fastidious, fussy, hanging in*, hanging tough*, heart and soul into*, heedful, meticulous, minding p’s and q’s*, painstaking, particular, playing safe, punctilious, punctual …

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  • 4 conscientious — I adjective assiduous, attentive, careful, diligent, duteous, dutiful, exacting, faithful, fastidious, heedful, honest, honorable, incorruptible, just, meritorious, meticulous, minute, moral, observant, painstaking, particular, precise,… …

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  • 5 conscientious — 1610s, from M.Fr. conscientieux (16c.; Mod.Fr. consciencieux), from M.L. conscientiosus, from conscientia (see CONSCIENCE (Cf. conscience)). Related: Conscientiously; conscientiousness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 conscientious — scrupulous, honorable, honest, *upright, just Analogous words: righteous, virtuous, ethical, *moral: strict, *rigid: particular, fastidious, finicky, *nice: meticulous, punctilious, *careful Antonyms: unconscientious, unscrupulous …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 conscientious — is spelt tious, not scious …

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  • 8 conscientious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) diligent and thorough in carrying out one s work or duty. 2) relating to a person s conscience. DERIVATIVES conscientiously adverb conscientiousness noun …

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  • 9 conscientious — [kän΄shē en′shəs] adj. [Fr conscientieux < ML conscientiosus: see CONSCIENCE & OUS] 1. governed by, or made or done according to, what one knows is right; scrupulous; honest 2. showing care and precision; painstaking conscientiously adv.… …

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  • 10 conscientious — adj. conscientious about (she is conscientious about her work) * * * [ˌkɒnʃɪ enʃəs] conscientious about (she is conscientious about her work) …

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  • 11 conscientious — [[t]kɒ̱nʃie̱nʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is conscientious is very careful to do their work properly. We are generally very conscientious about our work... Virginia was still struggling to be a conscientious and dedicated mother. Derived words …

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  • 12 conscientious — adjective Date: 1576 1. governed by or conforming to the dictates of conscience ; scrupulous < a conscientious public servant > 2. meticulous, careful < a conscientious listener > Synonyms: see upright • conscientiously …

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  • 13 conscientious — conscientiously, adv. conscientiousness, n. /kon shee en sheuhs, kon see /, adj. 1. controlled by or done according to conscience; scrupulous: a conscientious judge. 2. meticulous; careful; painstaking; particular: conscientious application to… …

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  • 14 conscientious — con|sci|en|tious [ˌkɔnʃiˈenʃəs US ˌka:n ] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: conscientieux, from Medieval Latin, from Latin conscientia; CONSCIENCE] careful to do everything that it is your job or duty to do ▪ A conscientious teacher may… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 conscientious — /kɒnʃiˈɛnʃəs / (say konshee enshuhs) adjective controlled by or done according to conscience; scrupulous: a conscientious judge; conscientious conduct. {French consciencieux, from Medieval Latin conscientiōsus, from Latin conscientia conscience}… …

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  • 16 conscientious — adjective Thorough, careful, or vigilant; implies a desire to do a task well. He was a thoughtful and conscientious worker. See Also: conscience …

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  • 17 conscientious — adj. Conscientious is used with these nouns: ↑objection …

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  • 18 conscientious — adjective showing a lot of care and attention: a conscientious and methodical worker conscientiously adverb conscientiousness noun (U): praised for her conscientiousness …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 conscientious — adjective even Douglas, the most conscientious worker in our department, was laid off Syn: diligent, industrious, punctilious, painstaking, sedulous, assiduous, dedicated, careful, meticulous, thorough, attentive, hard working, studious, rigorous …

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  • 20 conscientious — con•sci•en•tious [[t]ˌkɒn ʃiˈɛn ʃəs, ˌkɒn si [/t]] adj. 1) meticulous; careful; painstaking 2) governed by or done according to conscience; scrupulous: a conscientious judge[/ex] • Etymology: 1605–15; < ML con sci•en′tious•ly, adv. con… …

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