Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Anxiety; solicitude.
- n. Heedfulness; caution; vigilance in guarding against evil and providing for safety.
- n. The state of being careful.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Quality or state of being careful.
- n. the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger
- n. the quality of being careful and painstaking
- From Middle English, from Old English carfulnes ("care, anxiety, a charge, cure of souls, solicitude, carefulness, curiousness, curiosity"), equivalent to careful + -ness. (Wiktionary)
“Precociously conscious of the precious, inexplicable burden of selfhood, I have steered my unique little craft carefully, at the same time doubting that carefulness is the most sublime virtue.”
“Man's own logic, his carefulness is not a direction to purge the word "seeing" from literary theory. 4”
“She was running with the kind of carefulness that told me she did not want the soup with the dumplings to spill.”
“It is a most wholesome lesson for Christian workers to learn that all true work is primarily the Lord's, and only secondarily ours, and that therefore all 'carefulness' on our part is distrust of Him, implying a sinful self-conceit which overlooks the fact that He is the one Worker and all others are only His instruments.”
“There is a carefulness which is inconsistent with confiding prayer to God, which excludes the spirit of filial supplication.”
“carefulness' be better employed in scrutinizing the adverse testimony?”
“And in spite of all the insistence on carefulness and meticulousness -- well, scolding is what I call it -- the women were genuinely fond of her, calling her Mama, and always crying when she'd leave to return to the States.”
“Arguably, the ratio of car insurance premiums should reflect even more accurately the comparative carefulness of women, once you forget anomalies such as the stonktastic Princess Anne, repeatedly convicted of speeding, and Katie Price, talking on her mobile at the helm of a giant horse-mover, and Helen Chamberlain, the police superintendent recently fined for driving at 79mph in a 50mph zone.”
“Once Tilly and Karen were sleeping, Henry always crept out of bed with exaggerated carefulness, though he knew that something more momentous than his evacuation would be required to rouse them.”
“Utter ruthlessness can only be fought with utter ruthlessness; honor, honesty, carefulness and sincerity must be left to the fighting forces and the diplomats.”
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