(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.

(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.

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 powers
Breed scrupulous faction.

4. Liable to be doubted; doubtful; nice. [Obs.]

The justice of that cause ought to be evident; not obscure, not scrupulous.

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.

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.]

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