scruple Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “scruple” in the English Dictionary

"scruple" in British English

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scruplenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈskruː.pl̩/
a ​feeling that ​prevents you from doing something that you ​think is ​morallywrong or makes you ​uncertain about doing it: Robin Hood had no scruples aboutrobbing the ​rich to give to the ​poor. He is a man without scruple - he has no ​conscience.


uk   us   /ˈskruː.pl̩/ formal
not scruple to do sth to not ​care that something you do is ​morallywrong or ​likely to have ​badresults: He wouldn't scruple to ​cheat his own ​mother if there was ​money in it for him.
(Definition of scruple from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scruplenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈskru·pəl/
a ​strongbelief about what is ​right or ​wrong that ​governsyouractions: [C] He has scruples about going out with his ​students.
(Definition of scruple from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “scruple”
in Chinese (Simplified) 顾忌, 顾虑…
in Turkish vicdan azabı, iç sızlaması, suçluluk duygusu…
in Russian угрызения совести…
in Chinese (Traditional) 顧忌, 顧慮…
in Polish skrupuły…
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