Definition of Scruple

1. Noun. A unit of apothecary weight equal to 20 grains.

Generic synonyms: Apothecaries' Unit, Apothecaries' Weight
Terms within: Grain
Group relationships: Drachm, Drachma, Dram



2. Verb. Hesitate on moral grounds. "The man scrupled to perjure himself"
Generic synonyms: Hesitate, Pause

3. Noun. Uneasiness about the fitness of an action.
Exact synonyms: Misgiving, Qualm
Generic synonyms: Anxiety
Derivative terms: Misgive, Scrupulous

4. Verb. Raise scruples. "He lied and did not even scruple about it"
Generic synonyms: Fret, Fuss, Niggle

5. Noun. An ethical or moral principle that inhibits action.
Generic synonyms: Principle
Derivative terms: Scrupulous

6. Verb. Have doubts about.
Generic synonyms: Question, Wonder

Definition of Scruple

1. n. A weight of twenty grains; the third part of a dram.

2. v. i. To be reluctant or to hesitate, as regards an action, on account of considerations of conscience or expedience.

3. v. t. To regard with suspicion; to hesitate at; to question.

Definition of Scruple

1. Noun. (obsolete) A weight of twenty grains; the third part of a dram. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) Hence, a very small quantity; a particle. ¹

3. Noun. Hesitation as to action from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; unwillingness, doubt, or hesitation proceeding from motives of conscience; to consider if something is ethical. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) A doubt or uncertainty concerning a matter of fact; intellectual perplexity. ¹

5. Noun. A measurement of time. Hebrew culture broke the hour into 1080 scruples. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To be reluctant or to hesitate, as regards an action, on account of considerations of conscience or expedience. ¹

7. Verb. To regard with suspicion; to hesitate at; to question. ¹

8. Verb. (obsolete) To doubt; to question; to hesitate to believe; to question the truth of (a fact, etc.). ¹

9. Verb. To excite scruples in; to cause to scruple. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scruple

1. to hesitate because of ethical considerations [v -PLED, -PLING, -PLES]

Medical Definition of Scruple

1. An apothecaries' weight of 20 grains or one-third of a dram. Origin: L. Scrupulus, a small sharp stone, a weight, the 24th part of an ounce, a scruple, dim. Of scrupus, a sharp stone (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scruple

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scrunch up
scrunched
scruncher
scrunches
scrunchie
scrunchies
scrunching
scrunchy
scrunt
scrunted
scruntier
scrunting
scrunts
scrunty
scruple (current term)
scrupled
scrupleless
scrupler
scruplers
scruples
scrupling
scrupulist
scrupulists
scrupulize
scrupulized
scrupulizes
scrupulizing
scrupulosities
scrupulosity

Literary usage of Scruple

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1. The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor: With a Life of the Author by Jeremy Taylor, Reginald Heber (1828)
"This is a right course in the matter of scruple; proceed to action; and as the reason or the fear in the scruple was not inducement enough to begin, ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"... his vanity, or his enmity, he would dress it up in that fashion without any scruple and often with аз little probability; by which means, gas much as he ..."

3. The Lancet (1842)
"A Bertin remedy, to us, at least, practically new, was. then tried for a fortnight, namely, indigo ; this wag increased from one scruple to drachm doses ..."

4. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James Boswell (1826)
"... her liberty;" and Johnson, assuming this to be true, stigmatizes her with indignation, as " the wretch who had without scruple proclaimed herself an ..."

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