care´ful|ness

care´ful|ness
care|ful «KAIR fuhl», adjective.
1. thinking what one says or watching what one does; taking pains; watchful; cautious: »

He is careful to tell the truth at all times. I felt just sufficient fear to render me careful (John Tyndall). You'll get a good dinner, but be careful of the sweets (Graham Greene).

2. showing care; done with thought or effort; exact; through: »

Arithmetic requires careful work. His drawing was careful.

SYNONYM(S): painstaking, meticulous, accurate.
3. full of care or concern; attentive to the interests of others; exercising care: »

She was careful of the feelings of others. Be careful of the horses, Sam…don't ride them too fast (Harriet Beecher Stowe).

4. Archaic. anxious; worried: »

It is a sight the careful brow might smooth (Byron).

5. Archaic. (of things) fraught with care; attended with sorrow, trouble, or anxiety: »

He upon his careful couch hears all around the deep and longdrawn breath of sleep (Robert Southey).

care´ful|ly, adverb.
care´ful|ness, noun.
Synonym Study 1 Careful, cautious, wary mean watchful in speaking and acting. Careful means being observant and giving serious attention and thought to what one is doing, especially to details: »

He is a careful driver.

Cautious means very careful, looking ahead for possible risks or dangers, and guarding against them by taking no chances: »

She is cautious about making promises.

Wary emphasizes the idea of being mistrustful and on the alert for danger or trouble: »

He is wary of overfriendly people.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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