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Definition of "conscientious" []

  • Guided by or in accordance with the dictates of conscience; principled: a conscientious decision to speak out about injustice. (adjective)
  • Thorough and assiduous: a conscientious worker; a conscientious effort to comply with the regulations. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "conscientious" in a sentence
  • "In fact, the origin of the term 'conscientious objector' comes from refusing vaccine - not from war."
  • "But economists and culture vultures seem to be waking up to the possibility that era of conspicuous consumption may be giving way to a new period of what I call conscientious consumption."
  • "The only policy which would allow you to do without armament is the policy which England will always respect as on opinion-I mean non-resistance -- (and I remind you that it was respected throughout the last war as an individual opinion, of what we called the conscientious objector,) but it will never be followed as a policy."