(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. careful, particular, meticulous, scrupulous; diligent. See exertion, care. Ant., careless, sloppy.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. scrupulous, exacting, meticulous; see careful .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
thorough, demanding, exacting, meticulous, careful, precise, fussy, strict, *persnickety, assiduous, conscientious, *going the extra mile.
ANT.: slack, negligent, lazy
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Showing or marked by attentiveness to all aspects or details: careful, fastidious, meticulous, punctilious, scrupulous. See CAREFUL. painstaking noun Attentiveness to detail: care, carefulness, fastidiousness, meticulousness, pain (used in plural), punctiliousness, scrupulousness, thoroughness. See CAREFUL.

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