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overcareful

[oh-ver-kair-fuh l]
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  1. excessively or unduly careful.
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Origin of overcareful

First recorded in 1585–95; over- + careful
Related formso·ver·care·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·care·ful·ness, noun
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Related Words for overcareful

cautious, reserved, restrained, circumspect, calculating, attentive, cagey, canny, careful, chary, discreet, gingerly, leery, noncommittal, prudent, reticent, safe, vigilant, wary, watchful

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Historical Examples of overcareful

  • 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.