from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Attentive to potential danger, error, or harm; cautious: was careful when crossing the busy street; gave a careful answer.
- adj. Thorough and painstaking in action or execution; conscientious: a careful search; careful art restorers.
- adj. Protective; solicitous: Be careful of his feelings.
- adj. Full of cares or anxiety: "Thou art careful and troubled about many things” ( Luke 10:41).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Full of care or grief; sorrowful, sad.
- adj. Full of cares or anxiety; worried, troubled.
- adj. Having care (for); attentive to potential danger, error or harm; cautious.
- adj. Conscientious and painstaking; meticulous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Full of care; anxious; solicitous.
- adj. Filling with care or solicitude; exposing to concern, anxiety, or trouble; painful.
- adj. Taking care; giving good heed; watchful; cautious; provident; not indifferent, heedless, or reckless; -- often followed by of, for, or the infinitive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of care or grief; grieving; sorrowful.
- Full of care; anxious; solicitous.
- Filling with care or solicitude; exposing to concern, anxiety, or trouble; care-causing; painful.
- Excited; eager; vehement.
- Attentive to aid, support, or protect; provident: formerly with for, now generally with of, before the object.
- Giving good heed; watchful; cautious: as, be careful to maintain good works; be careful of your conversation.
- Showing or done with care or attention: as, careful consideration.
- Provident, thoughtful, heedful.
- Prudent, wary, etc.
- n. One full of care or sorrow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. mindful of the future in spending money
- adj. unhurried and with care and dignity
- adj. full of cares or anxiety
- adj. exercising caution or showing care or attention
- adj. cautiously attentive
From Middle English careful, from Old English carful, ċearful ("careful, anxious, curious, troubled"), equivalent to care + -ful. (Wiktionary)