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Meaning of CAREFUL

Pronunciation:  `kehrful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  exercising caution or showing care or attention; "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"
  2. [adj]  with care and dignity; "walking at the same measured pace"; "with all deliberate speed"
  3. [adj]  mindful of the future in spending money; "careful with money"
  4. [adj]  cautiously attentive; "careful of her feelings"; "heedful of his father's advice"
  5. [adj]  (archaic) full of cares or anxiety; "Thou art careful and troubled about many things"-Luke 10.41

CAREFUL is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: aware, blow-by-blow, cautious, certain, close, conscientious, deliberate, detailed, elaborate, elaborated, heedful, measured, mindful, minute, narrow, overcareful, painstaking, particular(a), protective(p), provident, scrupulous, studious, sure, thorough, thrifty, too-careful, troubled, unhurried
 Antonyms: careless
 See Also: diligent, prudent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Care"ful\ (k[^a]r"f[.u]l), a. [AS. cearful.]
1. Full of care; anxious; solicitous. [Archaic]

         Be careful [Rev. Ver. ``anxious''] for nothing.
                                               --Phil. iv. 6.

         The careful plowman doubting stands.  --Milton.

2. Filling with care or solicitude; exposing to concern,
   anxiety, or trouble; painful.

         The careful cold beginneth for to creep. --Spenser.

         By Him that raised me to this careful height.

3. Taking care; giving good heed; watchful; cautious;
   provident; not indifferent, heedless, or reckless; --
   often followed by of, for, or the infinitive; as, careful
   of money; careful to do right.

         Thou hast been careful for us with all this care.
                                               --2. Kings iv,

         What could a careful father more have done?

Syn: Anxious; solicitous; provident; thoughtful; cautious;
     circumspect; heedful; watchful; vigilant.

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