careful
adjective (carefuller; carefullest) Date: before 12th century 1. archaic a. solicitous, anxious b. filling with care or solicitude 2. exercising or taking care 3. a. marked by attentive concern and solicitude b. marked by wary caution or prudence <
be very careful with knives
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c. marked by painstaking effort to avoid errors or omissions — often used with of or an infinitive <
careful of money
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<
careful to adjust the machine
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carefully adverbcarefulness noun Synonyms: careful, meticulous, scrupulous, punctilious mean showing close attention to detail. careful implies attentiveness and cautiousness in avoiding mistakes <
a careful worker
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. meticulous may imply either commendable extreme carefulness or a hampering finicky caution over small points <
meticulous scholarship
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. scrupulous applies to what is proper or fitting or ethical <
scrupulous honesty
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. punctilious implies minute, even excessive attention to fine points <
punctilious observance of ritual
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Careful — Care ful (k[^a]r f[.u]l), a. [AS. cearful.] 1. Full of care; anxious; solicitous. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Be careful [Rev. Ver. anxious ] for nothing. Phil. iv. 6. [1913 Webster] The careful plowman doubting stands. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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