from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Excessively cautious; unduly careful.

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  • adj. Excessively cautious

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Too cautious; cautious or prudent to excess.

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

  • adj. unnecessarily cautious


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