What’s a good adjective for hyper-attentive-to-detail?

I’m trying to capture the following sense:

  • Primary meaning: hyper-attentive to detail
  • Secondary considerations:
    • no negative connotation indicating insincerity such as “pedantic”, “stilted”, or “bookish” (i.e., not obsessing over details in an ostentatious way)
    • it’s ok to imply that the person being labeled as this is a perfectionist, but not in a negative or excessive way (i.e, not “nitpicky,” “hairsplitting,” “anal”, “persnickety”, or “doctrinaire”)
    • this person cannot “shut it off” and stop being attentive to detail no matter how tired / if on vacation / wanting to “tune out”—s/he can’t help but notice minor details, even when s/he isn’t even trying to pay attention

Potential candidates (but let me know if these carry any negative connotation):

  • fastidious
  • meticulous

Example sentences (I’m no author; I’m just trying to give descriptive sentences with context, even at the expense of making run-ons):

  • The ____________ attorney immediately spotted numerous stylistic inconsistencies in the contract (as typical of documents with multiple authors), but thought it best only to voice his concern with a substantive grammatical error that resulted in a legally ambiguous clause.

  • She couldn’t help but notice his pallor, the tiny crumb on his shirt, a slight blue stain on his fingers, and the empty muffin wrapper in the adjacent garbage can. He never eats breakfast. His unusually-laconic reply to her question gave her pause. Now isn’t the time to ask him this, she thought to herself. Her ________ observations enabled her to deduce that she would fare better later on—after his blood sugar level increased.


astute might be the word you’re looking for

Merriam Webster

having or showing shrewdness and an ability to notice and understand things clearly : mentally sharp or clever

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