from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being careful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Quality or state of being careful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Anxiety; solicitude.
  • n. Heedfulness; caution; vigilance in guarding against evil and providing for safety.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)



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