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
"I am not careful [perhaps this should be _careful not_] to notice
He takes one of these plates and gives it a careful scouring with rotten-stone and alcohol or any other liquid preferred for this part of the operation -- that is, he gives it what he terms a careful scouring -- very gently indeed because, from the frequent trials he is in the habit of making in the camera, he fears he will rub the silver entirely away before he succeeds in obtaining a good impression.
Her thin careful hands demonstrated the various types of coffee she would make fresh for us and also purred over the strengths she had available.
This swelling inertia for change that isn't rooted in careful economic study.
The room is lit only by a circle of red-jarred candles placed in careful order in a circle around an antique ebony table.
Arranged in careful symmetry, they feature broad ramps symbolizing the ties of government to the people.
Where we need to be careful is in using technology frivolously.
Another reason to be particularly careful is that relevant empirical tests usually take time to pursue, partly because such tests usually rely on non-experimental data.
I also remain careful about shooting in populated areas and use highly frangible bullets.
God I love how CNN is so frickin careful to make sure everyone understands Obama.