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(adj) very strict and attentive to even small details of conduct. Origin: L punctum, point => 'one who pays attention to even the smallest point' The Brahmin was punctilious in his attention to the religious rites. If even one thing was not done as prescribed by the holy books, he raised a great hue and cry. The old seth was exceedingly punctilious about the honour and reputation of the women of his family. They were not allowed to go anywhere alone and even within the house had to observe strict purdah and could not show their face to any male except their respective husbands, brothers or sons. Inter-caste marriage is fiercely opposed in India. All castes are punctilious about their distinct identity and rituals.

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