Definition of scruple :
1. A weight of twenty grains; the third part of a dram.
2. Hence, a very small quantity; a particle.
3. Hesitation as to action from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; unwillingness, doubt, or hesitation proceeding from motives of conscience.
4. To be reluctant or to hesitate, as regards an action, on account of considerations of conscience or expedience.
5. To excite scruples in; to cause to scruple.
6. To regard with suspicion; to hesitate at; to question.
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- She had now, for some reason; no apparent scruple in being seen to do so. - "April Hopes", William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009.
- Danger on the field the Major knew not of; he did not scruple to name the word in relation to his wife. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
- Your Grace ha's giuen a President of wisedome Aboue all Princes, in committing freely Your scruple to the voyce of Christendome: Who can be angry now? - "Henry-VIII", Shakespeare, William.