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English adjective: careful

1. careful exercising caution or showing care or attention


SamplesThey were careful when crossing the busy street.
Be careful to keep her shoes clean.
Did very careful research.
Careful art restorers.
Careful of the rights of others.
Careful about one's behavior.


Similarblow-by-blow, certain, close, conscientious, detailed, elaborate, elaborated, minute, narrow, overcareful, painstaking, particular, protective, scrupulous, studious, sure, thorough, too-careful


See alsocautious, diligent, prudent


Attributecarefulness


Antonymscareless

2. careful cautiously attentive


SamplesCareful of her feelings.
Heedful of his father's advice.


Synonymsheedful


Similaraware, mindful


Antonymsunmindful, forgetful, mindless

3. careful unhurried and with care and dignity


SamplesWalking at the same measured pace.
With all deliberate speed.


Synonymsdeliberate, measured


Similarunhurried


Antonymshurried

4. careful full of cares or anxiety


SamplesThou art careful and troubled about many things.


Similartroubled


Domain usagearchaicism, archaism


Antonymsuntroubled

5. careful mindful of the future in spending money


SamplesCareful with money.


Synonymsthrifty


Similarprovident


Antonymsimprovident









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