carefulness

Carefulness is a characteristic of being cautious, thoughtful, or prudent. When you write "FRAGILE" on a package you're mailing, you're hoping it will be handled with carefulness at the post office.

In many cases, you can substitute this noun with the shorter care. But in some cases, carefulness is more accurate, implying "caution" rather than "loving protection." While your best friend is a daredevil, your carefulness in all situations makes the trampoline park slightly less fun for you. The Old English precursor to carefulness, carfulnys, originally meant "anxiety."

Definitions of carefulness
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n the quality of being careful and painstaking

“I admired the carefulness of his work”
Antonyms:
carelessness, sloppiness
the quality of not being careful or taking pains
Types:
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conscientiousness, painstakingness
the trait of being painstaking and careful
meticulosity, meticulousness, punctiliousness, scrupulousness
strict attention to minute details
thoroughness
conscientiousness in performing all aspects of a task
diligence
conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation
strictness, stringency
conscientious attention to rules and details
Type of:
attentiveness
the trait of being observant and paying attention

n the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger

Synonyms:
caution, cautiousness
Antonyms:
incaution, incautiousness
the trait of forgetting or ignoring possible danger
Type of:
attentiveness
the trait of being observant and paying attention

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