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Definition 1: exercising caution or showing care or attention - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where careful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they were careful when crossing the busy street
  • be careful to keep her shoes clean
  • did very careful research
  • careful art restorers
  • careful of the rights of others
  • careful about one's behavior

(careful is similar to ...) excessively or unduly careful

(careful is similar to ...) marked by care and effort

"made a studious attempt to fix the television set"

(careful is similar to ...) (usually followed by `of') solicitously caring or mindful

"protective of his reputation"

(careful is similar to ...) providing specific details or circumstances

"a particular description of the room"

(careful is similar to ...) characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination

"a minute inspection of the grounds" "a narrow scrutiny" "an exact and minute report"

(careful is similar to ...) developed or executed with care and in minute detail

"a detailed plan" "the elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion" "the carefully elaborated theme"

(careful is similar to ...) characterized by extreme care and great effort

"conscientious application to the work at hand" "painstaking research" "scrupulous attention to details"

(careful is similar to ...) rigorously attentive; strict and thorough

"close supervision" "paid close attention" "a close study" "kept a close watch on expenditures"

(careful is similar to ...) exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance

"be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through" "be sure to lock the doors"

(careful is similar to ...) providing great detail

"a blow-by-blow account of the movie"

(careful is similar to ...) painstakingly careful and accurate

"our accountant is thorough" "thorough research"

(means also ...) characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks

"a diligent detective investigates all clues" "a diligent search of the files"

(means also ...) showing careful forethought

"reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions" "a cautious driver"

(means also ...) careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment

"a prudent manager" "prudent rulers" "prudent hesitation" "more prudent to hide than to fight"

(... are attributes of careful) the quality of being careful and painstaking

"I admired the carefulness of his work"

Definition 2: cautiously attentive - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where careful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • careful of her feelings
  • heedful of his father's advice

Synonyms for careful in the sense of this definition

(careful is similar to ...) bearing in mind; attentive to

"ever mindful of her health" "mindful of his responsibilities" "mindful of these criticisms, I shall attempt to justify my action"

Definition 3: mindful of the future in spending money - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where careful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • careful with money

Synonyms for careful in the sense of this definition

(careful is similar to ...) providing carefully for the future

"wild squirrels are provident" "a provident father plans for his children's education"

Definition 4: full of cares or anxiety - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where careful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Thou art careful and troubled about many things

(careful is similar to ...) characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need

"troubled areas" "fell into a troubled sleep" "a troubled expression" "troubled teenagers"

(careful is used in the usage domain ...) the use of an archaic expression

Definition 5: unhurried and with care and dignity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where careful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • walking at the same measured pace
  • with all deliberate speed

Synonyms for careful in the sense of this definition

(careful is similar to ...) relaxed and leisurely; without hurry or haste

"people strolling about in an unhurried way" "an unhurried walk" "spoke in a calm and unhurried voice"

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