I am looking for a word that describes a person's work as being detail oriented.
For example: "His peers had confidence in his meticulous manner."
Meticulous just seems too strong. The latin origin of the word is:
mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘fearful or timid’): from Latin meticulosus, from metus ‘fear.’ The word came to mean ‘overcareful about detail,’ hence the current sense (early 19th cent).
And when I use it in the sentence it doesn't seem right. Does anyone have suggestions for a better way to phrase this? Thanks.