Etymology
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punctilious (adj.)

"very nice or precise in behavior, exact in the observance of rules or forms prescribed by law or custom," 1630s, probably from Italian puntiglioso, from puntiglio "fine point," from Latin punctum "prick" (from nasalized form of PIE root *peuk- "to prick"). Related: Punctiliously; punctiliousness.

updated on February 04, 2021

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