- cautious in one's actions: Be careful when you cross the street.
- taking pains in one's work; exact; thorough: a careful typist.
- (of things) done or performed with accuracy or caution: careful research.
- solicitously mindful (usually followed by of, about, or in): careful of the rights of others; careful about one's behavior; careful in speech.
- full of anxiety or care; troubled.
- causing or attended with anxiety: a careful day.
Origin of careful
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Antonyms for careful
Related Words for carefulnesswariness, mindfulness, chariness, watchfulness, precaution, care, cautiousness, attentiveness, meticulousness, fastidiousness, punctiliousness
Examples from the Web for carefulness
Historical Examples of carefulness
A sudden instinct for carefulness had prompted him to make that request.Murder Point
Then the carefulness relaxed, as it was bound to do, and some mistakes occurred.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
When I see a man intent on carefulness, I praise and do my best to honour him.
Are we to regard these as the only people incapable of being taught this virtue of carefulness?
Carefulness in regard to every detail is the only safe rule to adopt.
- cautious in attitude or action; prudent
- painstaking in one's work; thoroughhe wrote very careful script
- (usually postpositive; foll by of, in, or about) solicitous; protectivecareful of one's reputation
- archaic full of care; anxious
- British mean or miserly