Punctilio Punc*til"io (p[u^][ng]k*t[i^]l"y[-o]), n.; pl. {Punctilios} (-y[=o]z). [It. puntiglio, or Sp. puntillo, dim. fr. L. punctum point. See {Point}, n.] A nice point of exactness in conduct, ceremony, or proceeding; particularity or exactness in forms; as, the punctilios of a public ceremony. [1913 Webster]

They will not part with the least punctilio in their opinions and practices. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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