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  • adj. excessively or unduly careful


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  • They have even used the debate to criticise the too-careful tendency of much modern parenting advice and said that a certain amount of risky challenge was healthy for an adventurous child.

    Parents of rescued teenage sailor Abby Sunderland accused of risking her life

  • He was handsome enough, but up close you could see all the things the footlights would obscure: too many cross-hatched wrinkles for a man so young, desperately spiky hair with too-careful highlights, face a bit too thin, eyes a little sunken and dry.

    The Overton Window

  • I was going to dissent from Eugene Volokh's too-careful consideration of Senator Santorum's statements on homosexuality -- especially in the light of the now-published full transcript of those statements -- but Jacob Levy beat me to it.


  • His friend turned, and his mouth shaped itself into a too-careful, highly polished smile, but his eyes were hollow.



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