(Scru"pu*lize) v. t. To perplex with scruples; to regard with scruples. [Obs.] Bp. Montagu.
(Scru`pu*los"i*ty) n. [L. scrupulositas.] The quality or state of being scrupulous; doubt; doubtfulness
respecting decision or action; caution or tenderness from the fear of doing wrong or offending; nice regard
to exactness and propriety; precision.
The first sacrilege is looked on with horror; but when they have made the breach, their scrupulosity soon
retires.Dr. H. More.
Careful, even to scrupulosity, . . . to keep their Sabbath.South.
(Scru"pu*lous) a. [L. scrupulosus: cf. F. scrupuleux.]
1. Full of scruples; inclined to scruple; nicely doubtful; hesitating to determine or to act, from a fear of
offending or of doing wrong.
Abusing their liberty, to the offense of their weak brethren which were scrupulous.Hooker.
2. Careful; cautious; exact; nice; as, scrupulous abstinence from labor; scrupulous performance of duties.
3. Given to making objections; captious. [Obs.]
Equality of two domestic powersShak.
Breed scrupulous faction.
4. Liable to be doubted; doubtful; nice. [Obs.]
The justice of that cause ought to be evident; not obscure, not scrupulous.Bacon.
Syn. Cautious; careful; conscientious; hesitating.
Scru"pu*lous*ly, adv. Scru"pu*lous*ness, n.
(Scru"ta*ble) a. Discoverable by scrutiny, inquiry, or critical examination. [R.] Dr. H. More.
(Scru*ta"tion) n. [L. scrutatio.] Search; scrutiny. [Obs.]
(||Scru*ta"tor) n. [L.] One who scrutinizes; a close examiner or inquirer. Ayliffe.
(Scru`ti*neer) n. A scrutinizer; specifically, an examiner of votes, as at an election.
(Scru"ti*nize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scrutinized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Scrutinizing ] [From Scrutiny.]
To examine closely; to inspect or observe with critical attention; to regard narrowly; as, to scrutinize the
measures of administration; to scrutinize the conduct or motives of individuals.
Whose votes they were obliged to scrutinize.Ayliffe.
Those pronounced him youngest who scrutinized his face the closest.G. W. Cable.
(Scru"ti*nize), v. i. To make scrutiny.
(Scru"ti*ni`zer) n. One who scrutinizes.
(Scru"ti*nous) a. Closely examining, or inquiring; careful; strict. Scru"ti*nous*ly, adv.
(Scru"ti*ny) n. [L. scrutinium, fr. scrutari to search carefully, originally, to search even to the
rags, fr. scruta trash, trumpery; perhaps akin to E. shred: cf. AS. scrudnian to make scrutiny.]