Scrupulum financial definition of Scrupulum
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1. An ancient Roman unit of area approximately equivalent to 8.76 square meters. It was also called decempeda quadrata.
2. An ancient Roman unit of weight approximately equivalent to 1.14 grams.
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Scruple was derived from Latin scrupulus, scrupulum
. Following the OED (s.v.
Hoc ne cui ad incredulitatem scrupulum
moueat, sub rege Constantio, uniuerso mundo teste, defenditur.
The dragma is 1/8 uncia and the calcus is 1/8 scrupulum
, for instance; these are not duo-decimal.