Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
   

care·ful

careful

 
 
pronunciation:
ker fl
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Explorer, Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: cautious and watchful in one's actions.
He is a very careful driver, but his mother still worries.Please be careful with your new laptop--don't drop it or spill anything on it.She is always careful in making important decisions.You need to be careful in your choice of words when you ask him this favor.
synonyms:
attentive, cautious, mindful
antonyms:
careless, heedless, inattentive, thoughtless
similar words:
alert, cagey, chary, circumspect, close, gingerly, guarded, judicious, observant, on guard, prudent, safe, sparing, vigilant, wary, watchful
definition 2: painstaking and exact.
The nurse did a careful job of stitching up the wound.He entered the data in a careful manner, avoiding any mistake.
synonyms:
conscientious, diligent, fastidious, meticulous, painstaking, punctilious
antonyms:
careless, perfunctory, sloppy, slovenly
similar words:
accurate, detailed, exact, fine, fussy, particular, precise
definition 3: mindful, as of others' needs or feelings.
He was always careful of his wife's sensitivities.
synonyms:
attentive, considerate, mindful, thoughtful
antonyms:
careless, inconsiderate, indifferent, thoughtless
similar words:
concerned, regardful, solicitous
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
derivations: carefully (adv.), carefulness (n.)
Word Explorer
See
  action, care
Word PartsSubscriber feature About this feature