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overcareful

[oh-ver-kair-fuh l] /ˈoʊ vərˈkɛər fəl/
adjective
1.
excessively or unduly careful.
Origin of overcareful
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; over- + careful
Related forms
overcarefully, adverb
overcarefulness, noun
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  • Money was to be made in many ways, and consciences were not overcareful as to the ways.

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    Rupert Sargent Holland
  • Even then, this is an overcareful precaution rather than a necessity.

  • Michael of the crossing was so overcareful sometimes that it became trying.

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    Grace Livingston Hill
  • You are a cunning one, captain, but I really think you are overcareful sometimes.

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