Meticulous vs Obsessive - What's the difference?

meticulous | obsessive |

As adjectives the difference between meticulous and obsessive

is that meticulous is (archaic) timid, fearful, overly cautious while obsessive is prone to cause obsession.

As a noun obsessive is

a person who is obsessed, who has an obsession.




(en adjective)
  • (archaic) Timid, fearful, overly cautious.
  • Characterized by very precise, conscientious attention to details.
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    * careful, precise, painstaking, rigorous, scrupulous * See also


    * sloppy, careless, slapdash

    Derived terms

    * meticulosity, meticulousness




    (en adjective)
  • Prone to cause obsession
  • ''The idea is too tempting, it's obsessive
  • Having one thought or pursuing one activity to the absolute or nearly absolute exclusion of all others.
  • ''Hardcore fans' obsessive behavior may take over their lives
  • Excessive, as results from obsession.
  • ''A workaholic's obsessive zeal may lead to success or burnout
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  • Synonyms

    * (Having one thought or pursuing one activity) unrelenting, unyielding, headstrong *

    Derived terms

    * obsessively


    (en noun)
  • A person who is obsessed, who has an obsession