Definitions

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  • adjective Too careful.

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  • adjective Excessively careful.

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  • adjective excessively or unduly careful

Etymologies

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over- +‎ careful

Examples

  • Because they successfully invite revision after revision by overcareful supervisors and clients.

    September « 2007 « L.E. Modesitt, Jr. – The Official Website

  • Because they successfully invite revision after revision by overcareful supervisors and clients.

    Technology and the Future of the Overstressed Society « L.E. Modesitt, Jr. – The Official Website

  • "My dear, dear anxious friend," -- said she, in mental soliloquy, while walking downstairs from her own room, "always overcareful for every body's comfort but your own; I see you now in all your little fidgets, going again and again into his room, to be sure that all is right."

    Emma

  • Even then, this is an overcareful precaution rather than a necessity.

    The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)

  • Money was to be made in many ways, and consciences were not overcareful as to the ways.

    Historic Boyhoods

  • Kirk had hard work to refrain from shaving himself twice that evening, so overcareful was he about his toilet, yet his excitement was as nothing compared to that of Allan, who looked on with admiration tempered by anxious criticism.

    The Ne'er-Do-Well

  • Michael of the crossing was so overcareful sometimes that it became trying.

    The Search

  • Meanwhile, Neergard had almost finished with Gerald -- he had only one further use for him; and as his social success became more pronounced with the people he had crowded in among, he became bolder and more insolent, no longer at pains to mole-tunnel toward the object desired, no longer overcareful about his mask.

    The Younger Set

  • She was not really angry with this overcareful gentleman; she would only have been grieved had he proved the man to serve her well.

    The Lady of Loyalty House A Novel

  • Losing a sense of large significances, they become overcareful, saving, sometimes penurious, while in matters of feeling they lavish sentiment and sympathy on unimportant pets and movements.

    Woman in Modern Society

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