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scru·ple

scruple

 
 
pronunciation:
skru pl
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part of speech: noun
definition: a belief about right and wrong that keeps a person from doing something that may be bad.
His scruples did not allow him to accept payment for work he hadn't done well.
synonyms:
qualm
similar words:
doubt, hesitation, misgiving, pang, principle, twinge
derivation: scrupleless (adj.)
Word History
Scruple comes from a Latin word that means "small sharp stone or pebble."