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Scruple meaning

scruple - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. A weight of twenty grains; the third part of a dram.
  2. 2. Hence, a very small quantity; a particle.
  3. 3. Hesitation as to action from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; unwillingness, doubt, or hesitation proceeding from motives of conscience.
  4. 4. To be reluctant or to hesitate, as regards an action, on account of considerations of conscience or expedience.
  5. 5. To regard with suspicion; to hesitate at; to question.
  6. 6. To excite scruples in; to cause to scruple.
  7. 7. To hesitate; be reluctant.
  8. 8. Weight of twenty grains; doubt; hesitation.

scruple - examples of usage

  1. Should you feel any scruple or doubt, however, say but a word, and I will instantly retire." - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  2. If they thought 'twould vantage them, they would not scruple to betray us to the savages." - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
  3. Mrs. March, with her Boston scruple, thinks it will be odd, living over the 'Every Other Week' offices; but there will be a separate street entrance to the apartment; and besides, in New York you may do anything. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
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