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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Scruple  \Scru"ple\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  regard  with  suspicion;  to  hesitate  at  to  question. 
  Others  long  before  them  .  .  .  scrupled  more  the 
  books  of  hereties  than  of  gentiles.  --Milton. 
  2.  To  excite  scruples  in  to  cause  to  scruple.  [R.] 
  Letters  which  did  still  scruple  many  of  them  --E. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Scruple  \Scru"ple\,  n.  [L.  scrupulus  a  small  sharp  or  pointed 
  stone,  the  twenty-fourth  part  of  an  ounce,  a  scruple, 
  uneasiness,  doubt,  dim.  of  scrupus  a  rough  or  sharp  stone, 
  anxiety,  uneasiness;  perh.  akin  to  Gr  ?  the  chippings  of 
  stone,  ?  a  razor,  Skr.  kshura:  cf  F.  scrupule.] 
  1.  A  weight  of  twenty  grains;  the  third  part  of  a  dram. 
  2.  Hence  a  very  small  quantity;  a  particle. 
  I  will  not  bate  thee  a  scruple.  --Shak. 
  3.  Hesitation  as  to  action  from  the  difficulty  of  determining 
  what  is  right  or  expedient;  unwillingness,  doubt,  or 
  hesitation  proceeding  from  motives  of  conscience. 
  He  was  made  miserable  by  the  conflict  between  his 
  tastes  and  his  scruples.  --Macaulay. 
  {To  make  scruple},  to  hesitate  from  conscientious  motives;  to 
  scruple.  --Locke. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Scruple  \Scru"ple\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Scrupled};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Skrupling}.] 
  To  be  reluctant  or  to  hesitate,  as  regards  an  action  on 
  account  of  considerations  of  conscience  or  expedience. 
  We  are  often  over-precise,  scrupling  to  say  or  do  those 
  things  which  lawfully  we  may  --Fuller. 
  Men  scruple  at  the  lawfulness  of  a  set  form  of  divine 
  worship.  --South. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  unit  of  apothecary  weight  equal  to  20  grains 
  2:  uneasiness  about  the  fitness  of  an  action  [syn:  {qualm},  {misgiving}] 
  3:  an  ethical  or  moral  principle  that  inhibits  action 
  v  1:  hesitate  on  moral  grounds;  "The  man  scrupled  to  perjure 
  2:  raise  scruples;  "He  lied  and  did  not  even  scruple  about  it" 
  3:  have  doubts  about 

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