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Definition 1: an ethical or moral principle that inhibits action - [noun denoting cognition]

(scruple is a kind of ...) a rule or standard especially of good behavior

"a man of principle" "he will not violate his principles"

Definition 2: uneasiness about the fitness of an action - [noun denoting feeling]

Synonyms for scruple in the sense of this definition

(scruple is a kind of ...) a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune

Definition 3: a unit of apothecary weight equal to 20 grains - [noun denoting quantity]

(scruple is a kind of ...) any weight unit used in pharmacy; an ounce is equal to 480 grains and a pound is equal to 12 ounces

(scruple is a part of ...) 1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams

(... is part of scruple) a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce or to 60 grains

Definition 4: have doubts about - [verb of communication]

(scruple is a kind of ...) place in doubt or express doubtful speculation

"I wonder whether this was the right thing to do" "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"

Definition 5: raise scruples - [verb of emotion]

Samples where scruple or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He lied and did not even scruple about it

(scruple is a kind of ...) worry unnecessarily or excessively

"don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"

Definition 6: hesitate on moral grounds - [verb of stative]

Samples where scruple or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The man scrupled to perjure himself

(scruple is a kind of ...) interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing

"The speaker paused"

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