Careful meaning

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The definition of careful is someone or something that works or thinks in a cautious, thorough or thoughtful way.

A mountain climber who triple checks their safety gear is an example of careful.

A person who is very detailed is an example of careful.

Purposely making very little noise while someone is sleeping is an example of careful.

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They made a careful search of the crimescene.

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Full of cares or anxiety.
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Cautious, wary, or guarded.

A careful reply.

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Acting or working in a thoughtful, painstaking way.
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Accurately or thoroughly done or made; painstaking.

A careful analysis.

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Feeling or causing sorrow, worry, etc.; anxious.
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Having care (f); attentive to potential danger, error or harm; cautious.

He was a slow and careful driver.

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Attentive to potential danger, error, or harm; cautious.

Was careful when crossing the street; a careful answer.

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Thorough and painstaking in action or execution; conscientious.

A careful search; careful art restorers.

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Protective; solicitous.

Be careful of his feelings.

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Origin of careful

  • From Middle English careful, from Old English carful, ċearful (“careful, anxious, curious, troubled”), equivalent to care +‎ -ful.
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