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scru•ple



Pronunciation: (skrOO'pul), [key]
n., v., -pled, -pling.


n.
1. a moral or ethical consideration or standard that acts as a restraining force or inhibits certain actions.
2. a very small portion or amount.
3. a unit of weight equal to 20 grains (1.295 grams) or 1/3 of a dram, apothecaries' weight.
4. an ancient Roman unit of weight equivalent to 1/24 of an ounce or 1/288 of an as or pound. Cf. as 2 (def. 2).

v.i.
to have scruples.

v.t.
to have scruples about; hesitate at.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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