what is the difference between meticulous and fastidious?

restoratıon is a meticulous work.

Both share the meaning of great attention to detail but fastidious is rarely used in that sense – it’s usually used with the meaning of paying great attention to cleanliness “the cat cleaned himself fastidiously”

Meticulous is a positive attribute, being fastidious, usually, is not.

“Meticulous” means being very careful, very attentive to detail. Being “fastidious” generally refers to being very fussy about hygiene, cleanliness.

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