Does "stickler" in the following sentence have a negative connotation?

My wife is stickler for detail.

If it is negative could you please give me an alternative which has a positive meaning?

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    No and anyway, "… stickler…" should always be "… a stickler…" Oct 18, 2020 at 1:22

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It's not negative in itself. It means a person who insists on and displays a particular type of behaviour. It could be used to mean that the person does so too much. But the word itself doesn't have a negative connotation.

The person I hire as my secretary has to be a real stickler for detail.


Not necessarily. Sometimes being a stickler is exactly what is necessary to ensure accurate communication.

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