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careful adj
1 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" [ant: careless]
2 cautiously attentive; "careful of her feelings"; "heedful of his father's advice" [syn: heedful]
3 with care and dignity; "walking at the same measured pace"; "with all deliberate speed" [syn: deliberate, measured]
4 full of cares or anxiety; "Thou art careful and troubled about many things"-Luke 10.41
5 mindful of the future in spending money; "careful with money" [syn: thrifty]

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  1. attentive to potential danger, error or harm; cautious.
    He was a slow and careful driver.
  2. conscientious and painstaking; meticulous.
    They made a careful search of the crimescene.


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For the song by Guster see Careful (song). Careful is a 1992 Canadian drama film directed by Guy Maddin.

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