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English definition of “punctilious”

punctilious

adjective     /pʌŋkˈtɪl.i.əs/ formal
very careful to behave correctly or to give attention to details: He was always punctilious in his manners.Wanting everything to be rightCautious and vigilantPaying attention and being careful punctiliously     /-li/ adverb punctiliousness     /-nəs/ noun [U]
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