I would like an alternative for the word "pedantic". "Pedantic" has the meaning of :
highly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in learning or teaching.
The problem is, "pedantic" is used in a negative way, that is, it is used for some one who is "ostentatious, and overly concerned". I would like to have a word that has the same meaning as this word(concerned with minute details), minus the negative connotations.
Some come to mind:
- meticulous, but "meticulous" can also be used for habits, such as meticulous habits in tidiness etc.
- scholarly, but "scholarly" although used for study, does not necessarily have the connotation of highly meticulous study. It can just be study of a subject, without going in-depth.