Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary


One entry found for careful.
Main Entry: care·ful
Pronunciation: -f&l
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): care·ful·ler; care·ful·lest
Date: before 12th century
1 archaic a : SOLICITOUS, ANXIOUS b : filling with care or solicitude
2 : exercising or taking care
3 a : marked by attentive concern and solicitude b : marked by wary caution or prudence <be very careful with knives> c : marked by painstaking effort to avoid errors or omissions -- often used with of or an infinitive <careful of money> <careful to adjust the machine>
- care·ful·ly /-f(&-)lE/ adverb
- care·ful·ness /-f&l-n&s/ noun
synonyms CAREFUL, METICULOUS, SCRUPULOUS, PUNCTILIOUS mean showing close attention to detail. CAREFUL implies attentiveness and cautiousness in avoiding mistakes <a careful worker>. METICULOUS may imply either commendable extreme carefulness or a hampering finicky caution over small points <meticulous scholarship>. SCRUPULOUS applies to what is proper or fitting or ethical <scrupulous honesty>. PUNCTILIOUS implies minute, even excessive attention to fine points <punctilious observance of ritual>.