—scrupleless, adj./skrooh"peuhl/, n., v., scrupled, scrupling.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. as2 (def. 2).v.i.5. to have scruples.v.t.6. to have scruples about; hesitate at.[1350-1400; ( < F scrupule) < L scrupulus unit of weight, worry, precaution equiv. to scrup(us) rough pebble + -ulus -ULE; r. earlier scriple, ME < L scripulum (var. scriptulum) small weight, pebble, alter. of scrupulus by assoc. with scriptum writing (see SCRIPT; for sense relation cf. GRAM)]Syn. 1. qualm, compunction, restraint. 6. waver.
* * *▪ unit of weightunit of weight in the apothecaries' system (apothecaries' weight), equal to 20 grains (grain), or one-third dram, and equivalent to 1.296 grams (gram). It was sometimes mistakenly assigned to the avoirdupois system (avoirdupois weight). In ancient times, when coinage weights customarily furnished the lower subdivisions of weight systems, the scruple (from Latin scrupulus, “small stone” or “pebble”) was a unit of Roman commercial weight as well as a unit of coinage weight. One drachma, the basic Greek silver unit, consisted of three scruples.
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