Synonym of by the book

Adverb

In a manner which adheres strictly to rules, legal requirements, or official procedures
honestly lawfully legally legitimately licitly fairly openly within the law abiding by the law according to the rules fair and square on the level in accordance with the rules on the up and up equitably objectively justly impartially even-handedly honourably without fear or favour equally without bias without prejudice honorably fairly and squarely without cheating accurately with fairness straightforward honest aboveboard just without foul play impartial honest and aboveboard ethically decently with clean hands by fair means by just means in good faith morally without corruption properly open-mindedly cleanly fair justifiably neutrally deservedly clean disinterestedly dispassionately without fear same with an open mind without favor respectably righteously virtuously uprightly fittingly irreproachably conscientiously right well respectfully civilly courteously graciously considerately reasonably nobly trustworthily good-naturedly with due respect scrupulously duly benevolently sincerely high-mindedly beneficently befittingly nicely charitably decorously rightfully reliably loyally truly evenhandedly faithfully dutifully fair-mindedly evenly bravely courageously rightly correctly kindly politely moderately by rights with reason benignly frankly unreservedly tolerantly piously fitly temperately helpfully duteously candidly straightforwardly with good reason impersonally unbiasedly detachedly staunchly thoughtfully genially agreeably cordially favorably amicably favourably goodly reputably independently devotedly responsibly principledly estimably guilelessly self-righteously exemplarily unerringly unimpeachably incorruptibly right-mindedly veraciously conscionably dependably blamelessly worthily bounteously openhandedly generously freehandedly amiably hospitably handsomely unstintingly commendably freeheartedly munificently liberally bountifully amply sensibly composedly rationally level-headedly logically unmovedly indifferently unemotionally disconnectedly firmly in a kindly way in all fairness in a kind way truthfully laudably appropriately with devotion with dedication

Adverb

To do something exactly, precisely, or in a formulaic way

Adverb

Literally, exactly, following the rules as written
to the letter exactly precisely strictly accurately closely faithfully literally punctiliously religiously letter for letter verbatim word for word in every detail with a literal interpretation with strict attention to detail correctly directly rigorously unerringly truly literatim line for line faultlessly ad verbum rightly completely carefully truthfully just scrupulously veraciously squarely direct sic sharp definitely right plumb perfectly absolutely thoroughly dead prompt full for sure the ticket bang on the dot specifically bang on even explicitly word for word and letter for letter spot on smack-dab veridically on the nose expressly for a fact square on the money no mistake unequivocally on the button in the same words due word by word word-for-word without mistakes without error without flaws promptly smack the very thing slap bang sure to a tee smack dab slap as well neither more nor less square on no ifs ands or buts sure thing dead on smack on slap on word-perfectly verbally ipsissimis verbis verbatim et litteratim according to the letter properly really factually plainly actually simply authentically nicely fairly convincingly conscientiously realistically meticulously justly painstakingly as it really happened flawlessly like it is undisputably indisputably straight undeviatingly veritably unmistakably strictly speaking letter by letter not figuratively entirely quite totally entire through and through positively severely fully in every way all of to a T in every respect for certain all over out flat one hundred per cent methodically altogether fast to the hilt every inch wholly utterly all on the nail soundly heartily wide enough clean indeed well duly appropriately suitably fittingly fitly aright genuinely congruously appositely befittingly finely aptly truely meetly delicately happily legitimately candidly justifiably rightfully reasonably lawfully decorously legally judiciously decently devotedly exactingly subtly OK surely all right refinedly regularly in due order lethally mathematically effectively verisimilarly veristically verily sincerely openly distinctly skillfully punctually skilfully particularly rigidly discriminatively scientifically solidly sharply deftly systematically matter-of-factly discriminatingly concretely acceptably correspondingly adequately accordingly satisfactorily becomingly alright sensibly passably fine serviceably relevantly tolerably as intended in the approved manner in a satisfactory manner as is appropriate in due manner in the appropriate manner in a satisfactory way in the accepted manner in the true sense with decorum deservedly moderately charitably by rights with reason dutifully benignly beneficently frankly unreservedly respectably honestly tolerantly piously equally benevolently righteously evenhandedly temperately helpfully honourably duteously virtuously straightforwardly honorably with good reason uprightly

Noun

In strict accordance with the rules, especially of card games

Noun

The customary or correct method or procedure
form etiquette procedure custom ritual convention protocol usage use ceremony fashion method rule style way behaviour formality habit manner system wont conduct manners rules tradition approach ceremonial decency decorum formula how methodology mores observance pattern policy proprieties propriety recipe regimen rite routine social practice solemnity strategy tack tactics technique praxis behavior canon channels convenance law mode practice precept proceeding process regulation ropes setup modus operandi right practice set formula done thing by the numbers kawa tikanga plan means course liturgy line scheme service prescription ordinance celebration rubric office formalities red tape order design politeness course of action sacrament politesse attitude punctilio mechanism programme program good form habitude seemliness courtesy norm performance conventionality matter of course trick institution civility dignity modus tactic act blueprint consuetude worship precedent social graces MO vein Sacrament code stratagem good manners route accepted behaviour characteristic groove grind into conformity customs beaten path hang-up daily grind respectability line of action mystery line of attack correctness deportment appropriateness modesty breeding refinement habits demeanor tone heritage practise niceties gentility demeanour normality demureness move decorousness normalcy action couth customariness arrangement steps operation formal procedure rules of conduct pomp direction good behavior p's and q's second nature angle nuts and bolts plan of attack thing to do strictness nicety game plan way of doing things ceremoniousness condition communion formal courtesy ploy stereotype punctiliousness maneuver manoeuvre locution conventions vogue phraseology appropriacy type standards road delicacy amenities civilities conventionalities morals conventionalism moeurs guise convenances ethics formulation path good taste principles measures tenue treatment genre rote tenor code of behaviour code of behavior method of working tact how-to proper behavior principle step shot addiction theory idea transaction drill touch plan of action the book plot way of life the done thing ground plan master plan p ordinariness prevalence courteousness habitualness tenet lockstep schedule pageantry formalism preciseness movement exactitude meticulousness precision campaigning manoeuvres generalship rectitude agency services scrupulousness festival fitness conscientiousness solemnities commemoration show barometer benchmark sobriety organisation methods organization devices planning diplomacy defence maneuvers disposition device defense campaign maneuvering option alternative occasion proceedings variation becomingness orthodoxy discretion yardstick parade function mass morality virtue covenance percept tendency state set shift probity particularity courtesies guideline usefulness utility usual procedure regime technic capacity activity stages quality wholesomeness suitability bureaucracy finickiness organizing system standard par operating procedure project layout instrumentation formation instructions directions ingredients receipt social niceties social conventions social grace actions business ado rigmarole concept attack purity gesture paperwork acceptance management control currency polish framework regularity comportment acts deeds religious ceremony church service posture wise status sort situation book kind accepted conduct guidelines source of compound way of achieving means of achieving way of ensuring means of ensuring precepts manoeuvring fittingness palaver festivity bearing model viewpoint perspective slant stab whack mind-set point of view game solemnness officialism requirement formal gesture official procedure academism rituality artifice form of worship address geste activities delivery gest set of procedures set of principles fixed order specifications credo creed equation theorem description maxim order of things medium likely cause of matter of form logical order logical process frame of reference systematic process orderly process set of guidelines set of channels one's Ps and Qs attention to detail properness dealings schema correct behaviour correct behavior trend expression mien wrinkle thing swim Ps and Qs dictates mannerisms talk savoir-faire taste speech presence measure usance courtliness mould folkways shibboleth exercise fad practices agenda ways and means character mold observation correctitude orderliness sedateness restraint gravity agendum series of steps craze traditions ways what's done standard operating procedure the numbers road map SOP set of tactics grand design kaupapa sacred cow rage good grace appropriate behavior unwritten rule unwritten law mania established way look procedures usages practises routines patterns rites codes policies scruples values rituals punctilios proper behaviour suavities acceptable behaviour polite behaviour custom and practice established ways social conduct traditional customs customary behaviour good behaviour rules of behaviour social norm

Adjective

Legitimate, honest, and open
above board honest candid fair forthright frank open overt straight trustworthy unconcealed unequivocal kosher lawful legal legit legitimate licit pukka square upfront fair and square on the level on the up and up proper sanctioned allowed permissible authorized permitted allowable admissible authorised valid within the law acceptable approved official warranted genuine constitutional legalized recognized statutory just legalised recognised tolerable rightful passable right tolerated licensed appropriate justifiable OK bona fide licenced innocent going by the rules straightforward satisfactory sincere accepted aboveboard truthful statutable accredited sanctionable sound excusable pardonable suitable venial established all right justified upright condign protected ordained judged enjoined passed enforced decreed card-carrying due within accepted bounds in order canonical orthodox admitted sanctioned by law reasonable supportable tenable okay sensible defensible juridical endorsed judicial decriminalised ordered decriminalized commanded warrantable ruled legislated enacted jurisprudent vested mandated legitimatized of right jural sufferable likely probable pertinent concedable rational possible logical applicable relevant worthy well founded fitting not unlikely not impossible true reliable for real verifiable straight-shooting honest-to-goodness authentic right as rain telling the truth on the up-and-up direct unreserved natural transparent artless plain-spoken free-spoken plain outspoken ingenuous guileless forthcoming binding enforceable downright up-front blunt uninhibited plainspoken unguarded communicative ex cathedra not afraid to call a spade a spade lay it on the line undissembled freehearted out-front talking turkey simple openhearted straight from the shoulder open-and-shut round granted contractual precedented chartered enforcible de jure acknowledged prescribed sure enough real foursquare unaffected up front unambiguous explicit free matter-of-fact unpretentious naive unpretending spontaneous bald undisguised bluff outright unvarnished easy no-nonsense like it is childlike unfeigned unqualified undesigning without airs clear relaxed dinkum unsophisticated bare-faced categorical from the hip unrestricted uncontrived unassuming point-blank straight-talking undiplomatic abrupt easy-going saying what one thinks call a spade a spade unstudied unrestrained brazen man-to-man bold unceremonious inexperienced green heart-to-heart tactless laid-back unworldly scrupulous unselfconscious brutal informal plain-speaking casual unconstrained modest heartfelt free and easy unforced speaking as one finds earnest straight-out unpretended hearty familiar unfiltered wet behind the ears unreticent righteous humble unpresumptuous unevasive childish unsparing undissembling straight-from-the-shoulder blatant unembellished barefaced straight to the point point blank immature down-to-earth childly stark flat-out veracious laying it on the line calling spade a spade positive carefree actual easygoing loose specific unmannered brusque wholehearted distinct friendly express unstilted footloose unartificial patent unmistakable profound unimposing unostentatious apparent homely vocal to the point unadorned pretensionless unstinting naked clear-cut complete literal pure warts and all full-hearted realistic footloose and fancy-free babyish unknowing frivolous not beating around the bush believable self-effacing straight-arrow harsh no holds barred cavalier personal intimate accountable demonstrative unquestionable unimpeachable known well-established off-the-record indiscreet forward extemporary unartful woman-to-woman vociferous not formal insensitive impolitic open-hearted impulsive impetuous free-speaking opinionated strident flat certain basic uncomplicated unbiased unprejudiced flagrant decisive bare speaking straight from the shoulder palpable severe heartless total no lie frontal parrhesiastic well defined crystal clear no beating around the bush cracker-barrel pretenseless level grim factual right up front unexaggerated exact two-fisted plain-dealing on the square right-on unspoiled unobtrusive right on correct straight from shoulder regular unveiled square-shooting telling it like it is folksy inelaborate unambitious down homey uncomplex unbeautified discreet free-spirited prosaic out-and-out raw true to life open and shut faithful laid on the line down home definite ignorant trusting callow truth-telling true-blue precise veritable absolute ethical credulous unsuspicious trustful gullible unwary curt short honourable trusty dependable honorable naïve airy breezy rough meaning what one says reputable upstanding good gruff moral virtuous principled decent snippy good-natured genial brusk approachable short-spoken crusty silly convivial boon jaunty upbeat nonformal jejune easily taken in cheery rude bearish snippety blustering terse breviloquent tart loud laconic brief liberated instinctive unrepressed free as the wind free as a bird unsuppressed shameless unhampered ungoverned expansive deep dear fervent serious devout off the cuff fancy-free ardent warm cordial meant solemn cut loose enthusiastic eager hanging out from the heart unself-conscious twenty-four carat honest to God deeply felt

Adjective

Capable or deserving to be admitted, accepted or allowed
admissible acceptable allowed passable permitted tolerable allowable permissible justifiable legitimate reasonable defensible lawful legal licit okay satisfactory sensible sound supportable tenable tolerated OK recognised recognized sanctioned valid applicable appropriate concedable fair fitting just kosher legit likely logical pertinent possible probable proper pukka rational relevant right suitable warranted well founded worthy above board not impossible not unlikely within the law approved authorized authorised constitutional legalized statutory official legalised going by the rules rightful licensed established licenced bona fide canonical on the level on the up and up sanctionable excusable pardonable venial all right sufferable in order within accepted bounds honest accredited orthodox upright genuine statutable admitted accepted justified commanded condign juridical innocent warrantable protected ruled legislated judged endorsed judicial enacted decriminalised enjoined jurisprudent vested passed mandated legitimatized enforced ordered decreed card-carrying decriminalized ordained due jural sanctioned by law of right authentic true formal correct authoritative real binding certified ratified signed and sealed documented aboveboard conventional chartered effective granted regular in effect in force straight legally binding validated authenticated verified contractual apt traditional prescribed customary actual acknowledged ex cathedra de jure befitting fit deserved merited operational square active standard representative legally acceptable influential precise methodical current competent earned operative unforbidden unprohibited meet explicit fixed ceremonious in operation felicitous ceremonial requisite ex officio at play routine well deserved in use in execution well earned according to law let consented favored conceded accorded commissioned welcome favoured bearable bonafide effectual credible countenanced confirmed unobjectionable certifiable codified constituted enforceable undisputed usable veritable sincere straightforward available unexpired A-OK totally fine democratic ensured precedented enforcible strict upfront for real verifiable reliable trustworthy straight-shooting honest-to-goodness truthful pro forma by law accurate exact sure enough set regimented express orderly true-blue systematic right as rain telling the truth fair and square on the up-and-up desired becoming suited prudent qualified pretty twenty-four carat holding water moralistic moral in principle virtuous ethical principled noble equitable right-minded ceremonialistic formalistic ritualistic ritual in accordance with the constitution de règle classic definitive stated standing tried and true tried and tested time-honoured tried and trusted time-honored indicative classical magisterial best desirable decent sealed signed well-deserved commanding sovereign decided conclusive definite cleared decisive cathedral positive and delivered imperial departmental executive supreme mandatory bureaucratic ruling administrative happy received straight from the horse's mouth popular common mainstream conservative normal conformist usual prevailing doctrinal prevalent traditionalist button-down unoriginal old-fashioned traditionalistic buttoned-down familiar hidebound mossbacked ultraconservative old-line old-school unprogressive ordinary standpat reactionary die-hard brassbound paleoconservative archconservative unheretical derivative well established well-established straight arrow in line religious according to the book pious punctilious by the numbers bien pensant most scholarly most reliable

Adjective

Diligent in performing a process or procedure
painstaking careful conscientious meticulous scrupulous assiduous attentive diligent exacting fussy industrious punctilious sedulous thorough demanding laborious searching ultra-careful accurate close correct earnest elaborate hard-working loving minute particular persevering religious rigorous strenuous strict studious thoroughgoing conscionable exact finicky fussbudget heedful pedantic persnickety picky punctual stickler by the numbers fastidious precise deliberate exhaustive methodical orderly judicious provident faithful intensive dedicated full cautious thoughtful circumspect concerned prim solid regardful observant pernickety perfectionist selfdisciplined chary nice discreet in-depth going to great lengths persistent zealous unflagging intent detailed busy active tireless constant engaged employed bustling working plugging indefatigable keen tenacious dogged untiring mathematical swotty tied-up hopping occupied finical nitpicking proper overnice hair-splitting pertinacious eager beaver watchful concentrating listening concentrated focused intense alert unremitting determined circumstantial unwearied steady delicate fine pinpoint focussed grinding whiz refined hairline reliable tough complete dependable upright right insistent patient playing safe hanging in hanging tough walking on eggs spot-on stilted stiff formal stiff-necked decorous starchy ceremonious minding p's and q's heart and soul into overconscientious overscrupulous polite formalistic civil seemly courteous conventional right on good eye driven committed steadfast unrelenting eager slogging persisting operose plodding

Adjective

Making strict requirements
stringent exacting inflexible rigid rigorous strict demanding severe tight tough firm uncompromising binding brassbound cast-iron draconian hard-line harsh stiff acrimonious brick-wall compelling confining convincing drawing dyed-in-the-wool extreme forceful hard hard-nosed ironclad iron-fisted picky poignant powerful rough set stern unpermissive valid hard and fast by the numbers dead set on unbending complex rule-bound unadaptable complicated involved bureaucratic officious authoritarian fierce dour drastic austere grave callous oppressive resolute heavy-handed unsympathetic dire steadfast inexorable unyielding hardhearted hardheaded unsparing uncharitable obdurate pitiless hardened formidable cruel single-minded autocratic hard-core merciless determined imperious hard-hearted unflinching pressing unrelenting unforgiving obstinate dogged no-nonsense browbeating mulish relentless ossified solid ascetical disciplinary stiff-necked immovable intractable disciplinarian domineering resolved ascetic bullheaded tyrannical astringent absolute grim flinty serious forbidding ruthless adamant ramrod intransigent brutal unsmiling solemn sober savage unwavering steely implacable rugged stubborn gruff stony unfeeling intimidating earnest sombre somber louring ungentle lowering headstrong hardline overbearing despotic unfriendly cold pertinacious ferocious fixed adamantine sedate staid stark unshakeable undeviating excessive humourless humorless uncomic sobersided murderous hard-boiled opinionated dogmatic repressive remorseless weighty high-handed self-opinionated authoritative willful wilful illiberal insistent magisterial dictatorial pigheaded stuffy disapproving frowning po-faced aloof frigid icy frosty doctrinaire mean-looking invariable nasty indurate insensitive heavy menacing punitive inconsiderate desperate mortal peremptory immutable unappeasable bleak bitter heartless hard-hitting onerous dead set unswerving businesslike barbarous inhuman lordly unmerciful vicious bound bossy self-willed inconvincible pat perverse grievous spartan arbitrary strong radical strait-laced tenacious sadistic incompliant excruciating aggressive hardhanded overweening dogmatical masterful truculent locked in set in stone imperative dictative sharp morose sour irreconcilable gloomy sullen dismal unfair abrasive unjust ironhanded dreary surly commanding glowering unsentimental Draconian punishing unkind swingeing arch uncommunicative poker-faced cool hard to please uptight uncaring rowdy curt summary hostile antagonistic unpleasant wicked refractory pugnacious punitory formal unpitying puritanical stony-hearted two-fisted hard-bitten suppressive exorbitant immoderate diehard unfaltering hard-shelled indomitable systematic meticulous scrupulous painstaking tight-lipped grim-faced sworn deadly melancholic crabbed hard-faced dejected saturnine glum ugly sulky reserved unvacillating staunch ungiving militant virulent forcible unpersuadable assertive chilly unemotional at each other's throats iron distant tactless crisp unswayable unflexible very severe assiduous tireless sedulous unflagging unstoppable irreversible unchangeable exact concrete unalterable remote stand pat not giving an inch static unchanging unvarying do or die hard as nails sticking to one's guns standing one's ground hold the line hold one's ground dug in hold the fort standing pat thoughtless pontifical fanatical unmoving changeless definite ordering imperial dominant bidding inept undiplomatic bungling unabated unmovable pounding hard-headed indefatigable trying burdensome searing biased overstrict coercive OTT hard-and-fast tough nut to crack difficult prejudiced intolerant impractical speculative theoretical opinionative opinioned hanging tough bound and determined cut-and-dried zealous ideological unpragmatic unrealistic swivel-eyed hypothetical writ in stone decided upon over the top one-sided holding fixed views bigoted iron-handed distressing tyrannous autocratical tyrannic cocky Neronian pushy bad awful harrowing straitened wretched agonizing tortuous inhospitable scabrous agonising disastrous unendurable calamitous biting uncomfortable painful comfortless crushing discomforting wild clamorous pompous arrogant high and mighty crack-the-whip throwing weight around haughty egotistic proud violent barbaric dangerous furious fiery untamed feral unruly threatening fell fearsome bloodthirsty malevolent terrible rabid brute malignant unrestrained impetuous raging fiendish frightful convulsive frightening brutish baleful delirious monstrous incessive inhumane cutthroat raving beastly uncontrollable enraged undomesticated fearful hellish angry frantic infuriated crazed mad butcherly horrible rapacious bestial animalistic primitive tigerish venomous biffo aggers

Adjective

Making great demands on one's skill, attention, or other resources
exacting demanding hard tough challenging difficult testing arduous gruelling laborious taxing onerous stringent toilsome burdensome grueling Augean backbreaking back-breaking effortful exigent formidable heavy hellacious herculean killer killing moiling murderous persnickety pick-and-shovel punishing rigorous rough rugged severe stiff strenuous sweaty tall tiring uphill Herculean painstaking careful critical grievous hypercritical nit-picking oppressive precise thorough trying weighty exhausting fatiguing harsh crushing stressful wearing wearisome wearying draining sapping grinding troublesome knackering brutal excruciating hellish grim tiresome enervating tedious irksome debilitating crippling harrowing operose painful labored fierce laboured torturous cruel worrying unsparing distressing bothersome toilful bitter energy-consuming agonizing relentless forbidding vigorous ponderous daunting tortuous agonising bruising vexatious galling grave serious depleting unpleasant enervative ambitious no picnic traumatic austere colossal unforgiving hairy unremitting extreme inhuman intolerable hardhanded shattering searing unbearable bleak dire nerve-racking hectic tough going awful mighty strict thorny intense imperious cumbersome disturbing merciless superincumbent pressing gargantuan mean vexing hefty hostile upsetting distressful solemn worrisome uncomfortable sticky bad weary excessive spartan frustrating pressured energetic titanic tricky fraught wicked upstream intimidating exasperating unyielding gigantic staggering straitened really hard very hard sombre somber slavish inconvenient awkward troubling difficile immoderate dismal discomforting unkind tense steep Sisyphean unfair monumental embittering anxious impossible drudging impressive murder busy boring time-consuming prohibitive agitating domineering despotic overwhelming strained unrelenting backbreaker immense headache dark jarring worksome unfriendly savage dour unjust unfortunate major almighty wretched disagreeable inexorable high-pressure dreadful sad inhospitable scabrous unendurable woeful perilous disastrous ominous disheartening gloomy hazardous discouraging tormenting terrible dangerous threatening anxiety-ridden precarious comfortless depressing unreasonable huge searching exorbitant prostrating physical massive uncharitable withering prodigious thoroughgoing responsible unrelaxing overburdening a nuisance protracted lengthy hardworking mammoth knotty an imposition dogged racking drastic aggravating forceful heroic courageous chastening overtaxing overpowering plodding large order heavy sledding carking slow very difficult nagging pestilent tight no piece of cake shocking exerting insufferable a stinker of a heartbreaking tragic problematic heart-rending tyrannical aggressive bold stern dicey easier said than done high-impact torturesome drudgy vicious unnerving uphill battle hard-won marathon problem not easy like getting blood out of a stone ferocious considerable significant life-threatening acute repressive dictatorial daring grandiose autocratic sobering big intensive peracute menacing consequential ugly industrious undemocratic draconian sober calamitous biting frantic chaotic tyrannous dismaying regrettable grand elaborate extravagant intrepid lamentable nasty active eventful frenzied frenetic lively authoritarian iron-fisted pretentious visionary lofty overbearing pitiless ruthless coercive anti-democratic punitive hurtful afflicting heartrending magnificent high-handed overweening peremptory turbulent restless dispiriting ironhanded rough going depressive heavy-handed confining large-scale flustering animated madhouse tireless full tumultuous riotous furious bustling wild full on unruly spirited rowdy action-packed bumpy raucous adverse unfavorable unfavourable injurious negative cheerless unpropitious ill-fated hard-pressed lurid joyless hopeless unwelcome shadowy discommodious tortured harmful morose undesirable troubled full of hardship doubtful glum miserable objectionable gray mournful black ill-omened treacherous direful ill-boding sinister doleful chilling grey inauspicious foreboding parlous nightmarish desolate messy jeopardous morbid apocalyptic rocky very bad disquieting annoying unsettling harassing concerning prickly irritating alarming perturbing delicate ticklish perplexing sensitive dodgy problematical discomposing disconcerting troublous nerve-wracking niggling complicated involved complex intricate scary touchy harrying nail-biting anxious-making frightening creepy uneasy maddening disruptive controversial provoking discommoding gut-wrenching vile tricksy spiny catchy nervous abominable convoluted baffling rotten displeasing discomfiting intemperate inclement iffy uncertain infuriating chancy disappointing disorderly embarrassing startling distasteful undisciplined devilish pesky humiliating horrid hateful foul horrible rebellious atrocious pestilential vexed violent nettlesome detestable disobedient appalling unsteady unstable odious compromising sickening disgusting uncooperative recalcitrant shameful demeaning degrading mortifying apprehensive lousy intrusive impeding unmanageable naughty intractable execrable discountenancing dubious suspect questionable cringeworthy yukky unpalatable yucky uncongenial unlovely unpleasing unsavory fiendish cringey icky inopportune untimely great insubordinate unsavoury offensive sour badly behaved toe-curling incommodious puzzling cringe-making off-putting pessimistic unseemly stark abusive stretching echinated briery stimulating pointed confronting Spartan bare-bones barren barbarous stormy tempestuous plaguy pestiferous devastating unfathomable impenetrable abstruse uptight poignant unenviable terrifying panicky prophetic inordinate undue torturing raging wrenching unreliable unsure emotionally charged shaming importunate unhappy bemusing risky nice strong unconscionable swingeing sharp towering unmerciful ghastly sore remorseless infestive ungovernable damaging monotonous rigid afflictive infernal loathsome frightful horrendous hardheaded overextravagant overmuch headstrong overdue insane plethoric baroque undependable thankless capricious temperamental mercurial changeable inconstant volatile fickle variable hard-hearted confusing robust damnable mundane repetitive uncompromising ignominious grotty implacable repetitious longwinded long-winded humourless sedate humorless staid sobersided barro disgraceful discreditable dishonouring blush-making embarrassed beastly accursed infamous pernicious cussed fell heinous confounded flinty tormentous plaguing anguishing numbing mind-numbing interminable unsmiling obdurate no-nonsense uncomic astringent bewildering distracting dishonoring equivocal rattling gnarly up and down built on sand from hell hard-nosed po-faced cursed refractory repulsive revolting gross repellent abhorrent repugnant attention-seeking troublemaking obstreperous a bummer of a inexpedient nauseating unappealing crashing invidious obnoxious grody destructive fearful inappropriate limit rancid unfit untoward disadvantageous unbecoming ill-chosen improper unsuitable ill-timed uncomplimentary unseasonable dysfunctional defiant delinquent wayward ill-disciplined mischievous impudent badly-behaved misbehaving whiny insolent pugnacious petulant socially impaired belligerent willful self-willed erratic errant hot-tempered disturbed roguish sullen cantankerous undisciplinable loudmouthed contumacious ill-behaved bellicose incorrigible maladjusted rude confrontational combative argumentative malicious truculent unrestrainable uncontrollable stubborn scrappy uncompliant rascally uncontainable peevish indocile

Adjective

Following the established standards of behavior or manners
proper polite seemly decent genteel respectable becoming befitting gentlemanly refined ladylike fit right conventional demure fitting mannerly modest suitable honorable honourable orthodox sedate virtuous conforming courteous done comely moral priggish prim prissy prudish puritanical straight de rigueur meet well-mannered in line strait-laced by the numbers comme il faut decorous correct formal nice stiff starchy dignified courtly stuffy Victorian ceremonious civilized civil elegant polished punctilious civilised old-maidish cultured appropriate rigid gracious strict sophisticated schoolmarmish cultivated well bred well-bred straitlaced staid Grundyish square goody-goody moralistic schoolmistressy accepted governessy bluenosed urbane well mannered stilted nice-nelly precise niminy-piminy couth mimsy prim and proper straightlaced stiff-necked conservative overnice good distinguished austere fastidious narrow-minded gallant chivalrous particular scrupulous apt stately traditional tasteful puritan upright uptight noble tactful fussy reserved old-fashioned imposing august meticulous exact fuddy-duddy affected narrow solemn finicky severe stick-in-the-mud graceful well-behaved majestic classy gentle posh acceptable approved presentable standard official discreet restrained precious venerable ceremonial artificial suave respectful mannered careful aristocratic regal pompous of the old school distingué rigorous fine religious pernickety perfectionist persnickety finical pedantic shockable nitpicking established apposite discerning smart stylish overscrupulous regular Pecksniffian forbidding bigoted customary usual worthy old-maid pious smug pukka tight-laced conscientious accomplished painstaking compatible in good taste overmodest stern thorough spruce snobbish accurate congruous conformist respected done thing diligent lofty po-faced pretentious choosy superior ordinary attentive imperial traditionalist impressive affable highbrow composed proud well behaved studious demanding debonair square-toed obliging doctrinal detailed mathematical methodical deferential squeamish stodgy serious grand exacting starched magnificent inflexible ultra-careful imperious nit-picking portly button-down diplomatic hair-splitting goody-two-shoes delicate straight-laced bien pensant straight arrow just so educated sober fogeyish circumspect ascetic self-righteous sanctimonious OK protocol in order pietistic charming valid fanatical disapproving impeccable finished magnanimous ritual overexact simpering mincing offish illiberal handsome womanly prudent deliberate measured felicitous applicable fitted royal hair-shirt spartan censorious sententious developed suited politic cavalier close exhaustive tip-top top-notch pretty adulatory complimentary high-bred highbred flattering preux studied pinpoint pi holier-than-thou judicious welcome happy abstemious abstinent well-respected high-class well-placed upper-class grandiose hairline congenial consonant timely consistent pleasing prude fair fashionable ostentatious confined la-di-da intolerant patronizing patronising hollow snooty condescending PC self-satisfied god-fearing unctuous blue-nose dapper wooden cleanly stickling spic-and-span forced honest de règle spot-on slow-moving reputable admirable the done thing in keeping laboured unnatural discriminating strained trustworthy politically correct goody two-shoes genial cordial pleasant kind seasonable picky clean-living frigid unrelaxed icy considerate thoughtful dainty neat above board tidy estimable complaisant labored sensitive critical au fait creditable moderate redoubtable sublime well-thought-of mediocre redoubted of good repute sharp choosey pure keen selective bourgeois well spoken soft-spoken well brought up well-spoken perceptive faddy fussbudgety finicking faddish acute highly regarded overdelicate overparticular hypercritical suburban parochial hard to please difficult to please over-particular impossible to please nit-picky Pooterish Biedermeier dogmatic exalted laborious lordly kingly small-town assiduous conscionable observant formalistic overconscientious heedful punctual eminent unbending received sombre magisterial highfalutin' great somber grave nifty unsympathetic aloof remote unfriendly detached haughty popular common right on good eye epicene withdrawn unsocial reticent antisocial unforthcoming unresponsive undemonstrative unapproachable uncommunicative taciturn recognized mainstream normal self-respecting authoritative prevailing canonical authorized prevalent traditionalistic familiar ultraconservative unprogressive reactionary unheretical unoriginal buttoned-down hidebound mossbacked old-line old-school standpat die-hard acknowledged brassbound paleoconservative archconservative namby-pamby well established kosher routine derivative well-established keeping people at arm's length stand-offish legitimate authorised sanctioned admitted recognised rightful sound according to the book

Adjective

In accordance with the truth, facts or standards
dead-on exact precise accurate correct true right proper veracious good so unerring definite direct pinpoint spot-on on-target bang on on target on the money dead-center on the button on the mark absolutely right exactly correct very accurate on the nose to the point perfect spot on faithful strict dead on authentic valid errorless clear-cut genuine factual absolute definitive error-free actual faultless unambiguous veridical detailed literal on the nail close right on dead right real distinct complete certified certifiable specific veritable undisputed unrefuted dinkum flawless categorical conclusive irrefutable unquestionable certain undeniable legitimate explicit meticulous authoritative bull's-eye unequivocal inch-perfect honest pure thorough infallible reliable unimpeachable echt regular downright pucka pukka sure-enough undistorted unmistaken rigorous amen bona fide appropriate standard acceptable indubitable truthful inerrant impeccable on the beam legit kosher particular exactly right on the ball free of error express verbatim on the right track final just right clear on point cock on accepted very established on the dot conventional identical preferable fit matter-of-fact just so nailed down sharp blow-by-blow on the numbers without error word for word straight official canonical minute defined well-defined surgical determinate decisive individual ideal hunky-dory credible as true as I'm sitting here on the line unelaborated true-blue on the up and up straightforward undeceptive high-principled unvarnished realistic as true as I'm standing here on the level like it is just what the doctor ordered just what we need natural characteristic archetypal guileless typical ingenuous archetypical representative artless unaffected simple concrete textbook de facto unpretending average dinky-di real McCoy normal unpretentious effective honest-to-goodness existent undesigning fitting picture-book classic whole model unbroken to a T picture-perfect perfected letter-perfect to a turn polished utter out-and-out thoroughgoing total consummate satisfactory unqualified sheer unmitigated admissible fair sound unalloyed outright arrant undoubted sure watertight immaculate solemn in every respect word-perfect scrupulous OK O.K. righteous just stone okay equitable right as rain right stuff along the right lines for sure on track on the right lines cooking with gas according to Hoyle reasonable solid warranted suitable convincing lawful defensible legal unfailing fact-based trustworthy rightful unmistakable all right methodical justified verifiable sensible hard unembellished logical unadulterated recognized supportable careful true to life validated punctilious well-founded telling it like it is unblemished as it really happened recognised judicious rigid systematic objective lifelike adequate well founded authorized sanctioned scientific commensurate deadly formal approved licit licensed documentary nonfictional warrantable historical irreproachable exemplary veristic verisimilar spotless stainless justifiable seamless indefectible cogent rational plausible unobjectionable licenced authorised supreme requisite necessary agreeable positive conscientious satisfying painstaking discriminating deft discriminative skilful skillful punctual tenable ultraprecise intact assured undeviating unexaggerated accredited constitutional understandable reasoned without blemish sustainable authenticated vindicable dependable copybook foolproof defendable documented verified fine alright acknowledged coherent unexceptionable without fault believable unabridged endorsed ratified best permissible dead exquisite nice sober sure-fire decent allowed in order clean tolerable safe commonsensical levelheaded opportune competent optimal passable up to par up to standard up to scratch sufficing sufficient serviceable inerrable comfortable unsullied quintessential fail-safe up to the mark up to snuff signed and sealed well-suited straight from the horse's mouth well grounded good enough well-grounded orthodox severe vindicated confirmed befitting fastidious unwavering stringent well defined lethal naturalistic case clearly defined plain uncompromising delicate crystal clear due statutory vérité unswerving unfaked bare uncanny inevitable in depth what really happened what actually happened compelling sincere gospel stark failsafe univocal invariable narrow in accordance with the facts pragmatic lucid congruent viable workable grounded reputable in accordance with reality excusable undamaged persuasive signed sealed unimpaired explainable forgivable maintainable arguable apparent ordinary unembroidered written usual verbal critical de jure mint unmarked creditable relevant ordered cleared customary cathedral decided ex cathedra and delivered ex officio pardonable remissible venial allowable probable condonable superlative pristine superb pertinent made to order apt ultimate prototypical tailor-made just the job masterly not figurative the real McCoy for real based on facts tip-top able to hold water enough entire unspoiled unmarred weighty analytic analytical consequent prudent as good as new as sound as a bell telling thoughtful ample commensurable word-for-word to the letter letter-for-letter letter for letter optimum surefire guaranteed unbeatable can't-miss efficacious abundant sinless frank overt candid aboveboard forthright open straight from shoulder up front square all there holding water profound well-advised holding up responsible holding up in wash got it together together intellectual unassailable advisable right-thinking standing up cool right-minded unadorned firm commonsense commonsensible informed proportionate plenty incorrupt blameless prime peak top circumstantial bonafide innocent untarnished moral virtuous upright guiltless congruous idyllic foremost tried and true handy effectual useful always effective apodictic incontrovertible tried and tested helpful steady undeceivable efficient omniscient never failing uncorrupted cleanhanded inculpable lily-white white squeaky-clean legalized binding unbiased unprejudiced plentiful plenteous apposite apropos suited bounteous finest unspotted crimeless unguilty balanced ten aces A-okay above reproach above suspicion unflawed whiter than white note-perfect as pure as the driven snow squeaky clean beyond reproach fleckless beyond criticism apple-pie enow aplenty copious as much as you need fitted as much as is necessary minimal bountiful choicest choice true-to-life contractual usable respectable true-life card-carrying legalised unexpired presentable best possible fairish palatable straight from horse's mouth middling convenient moderate common pre-eminent best-case assuaging assuasive appeasing legally acceptable legally binding swell pleasant snug goodish unexceptional sufficiently good pretty good jake fairly good run-of-the-mill bog-standard completely understandable so-so A-OK middle-of-the-road fair-to-middling quite good totally fine not bad in effect within the law in force

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