- Present participle of scruple.
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 of scrupleMiddle French 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