[ kair-fuh-lee ]
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  1. in a cautious way, with attention to possible risks and dangers:Although somewhat "folksy" in his interview, the congressman carefully avoided pitfalls where he would be vulnerable to attack.

  2. in a thorough, attentive, or painstaking way, giving thought to avoiding errors or omissions:I have to carefully examine the copy editor's marked-up manuscript, double-checking everything and approving or vetoing changes.

Origin of carefully

First recorded before 1000; careful + -ly

Other words from carefully

  • qua·si-care·ful·ly, adverb
  • ul·tra·care·ful·ly, adverb

Words Nearby carefully Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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