Variant of scruple
- a very small quantity, amount, or part
- an ancient Roman unit of weight equal to ounce
- a unit of weight equal to dram apothecaries' weight or 20 grains (1.296 grams): abbrev. sc
- a feeling of hesitancy, doubt, or uneasiness arising from difficulty in deciding what is right, proper, ethical, etc.; qualm or misgiving about something one thinks is wrong
- high ethical standards
Origin: MFr scrupule from Classical Latin scrupulus, small sharp stone (hence small weight, difficulty, doubt), diminutive of scrupus, sharp stone from Indo-European an unverified form skreup- from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut
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