careful

If you consider all consequences and do a task thoughtfully, take your time and watch what you are doing, you are being careful. Can you ever be too careful? If you're a stunt man, yes. If you're an accountant, no.

Being cautious has always been wise, and the word careful has been an admonishment since before the Tenth Century. In Old English, the word cearful meant "mournful" or "full of care or concern," the second meaning not too far from our current definition, that of "using care." While we are often warned to be careful about things in our life, Ralph Waldo Emerson observed that "A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles."

Definitions of careful
  1. adjective
    exercising caution or showing care or attention
    “they were careful when crossing the busy street”
    “be careful to keep her shoes clean”
    “did very careful research”
    careful art restorers”
    careful of the rights of others”
    careful about one's behavior”
    Synonyms:
    blow-by-blow
    providing great detail
    certain, sure
    exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance
    close
    rigorously attentive; strict and thorough
    conscientious, painstaking, scrupulous
    characterized by extreme care and great effort
    detailed, elaborate, elaborated
    developed or executed with care and in minute detail
    minute, narrow
    characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination
    overcareful, too-careful
    excessively or unduly careful
    particular
    providing specific details or circumstances
    protective
    (usually followed by `of') solicitously caring or mindful
    studious
    marked by care and effort
    thorough
    painstakingly careful and accurate
    cautious
    showing careful forethought
    diligent
    characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks
    prudent
    careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
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    Antonyms:
    careless
    marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful
    inattentive
    showing a lack of attention or care
    casual, cursory, passing, perfunctory
    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
    haphazard, slapdash, slipshod, sloppy
    marked by great carelessness
    heedless, reckless
    characterized by careless unconcern
    incautious
    carelessly failing to exercise proper caution
    offhand, offhanded
    casually thoughtless or inconsiderate
    incautious
    lacking in caution
    unconcerned
    lacking in interest or care or feeling
    negligent
    characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern
    superficial
    concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually
    imprudent
    not prudent or wise
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  2. adjective
    cautiously attentive
    careful of her feelings”
    synonyms: heedful
    aware, mindful
    bearing in mind; attentive to
  3. adjective
    mindful of the future in spending money
    careful with money”
    synonyms: thrifty
    provident
    providing carefully for the future
  4. adjective
    unhurried and with care and dignity
    synonyms: deliberate, measured
    unhurried
    relaxed and leisurely; without hurry or haste
  5. adjective
    full of cares or anxiety
    “"Thou art careful and troubled about many things"-Luke 10.41”
    Synonyms:
    troubled
    characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need
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