Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Quality or state of being careful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being careful.

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

  • noun the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger
  • noun the quality of being careful and painstaking

Etymologies

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From Middle English, from Old English carfulnes ("care, anxiety, a charge, cure of souls, solicitude, carefulness, curiousness, curiosity"), equivalent to careful +‎ -ness.

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