Conscientious Con`sci*en"tious, a. [Cf. F. consciencieux, LL. conscientiosus.] 1. Influenced by conscience; governed by a strict regard to the dictates of conscience, or by the known or supposed rules of right and wrong; -- said of a person. [1913 Webster]

The advice of wise and conscientious men. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterized by a regard to conscience; conformed to the dictates of conscience; -- said of actions. [1913 Webster]

A holy and conscientious course. --Abp. Tillotson.

Syn: Scrupulous; exact; faithful; just; upright. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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