Adjective "careful" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈkɛːf(ə)l//ˈkɛːfʊl/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Making sure of avoiding potential danger, mishap, or harm; cautious.
  1. 'be careful not to lose her address'
  2. 'In taking forward his company, he must be careful to make sure that the business case works for each part separately.'
  3. 'The last stage had a lot of loose gravel on the surface so I made sure I was careful.'
  4. 'She would have to be more careful-he was aware of her and she was losing her energy quickly.'
  5. 'Be careful and use caution and I trust you, yours too will be a positive experience.'
  6. 'Mack and Phil followed him, careful to avoid anything which would betray their position.'
  7. 'An unadmitted lack of confidence makes him careful to avoid open conflict and he feels he must make the best of things as they are.'
  8. 'Ash paused, and recounted his dream to her in descriptive detail but was careful to avoid the part where she dies.'
  9. 'He claims to be more careful and measured than he was in those days, but his example does not appear to have rubbed off on his players.'
  10. 'He also struck me as a cautious and careful man and an impressive witness.'
  11. 'Look guys I know we have to be a bit more alert, I know we have to be a bit more aware and careful.'
  12. 'I remember asking them to be careful of the jacket I was wearing, because it belonged to my sister.'
  13. 'Morrissey is very careful about his image and needs to keep an aura of mystery about him.'
  14. 'One is the force of entropy and decay, the other is the force careful of creativity and evolution.'
  15. 'He says that we too could undergo a similar fate if we are not more careful of the environment.'
  16. 'his mother had always been careful with money'
  17. 'Hands up all those who think Yorkshire parliamentarians will be far more careful with the public purse?'
  18. 'Be careful of alcohol and drugs especially if you tend to become angry or aggressive when drinking.'
  19. 'I also went to the gym and worked out and I made sure I was careful with what I ate.'
  20. 'As Christmas approaches we would urge the public to be particularly careful with money.'
  21. 'Apparently she was that she was a bit too careful with her money and died leaving millions of pounds.'
  22. 'With these he was careful and prudent, but never hesitated to recommend judicious outlay.'
  23. 'I like to treat myself now and again, but I am very careful in that I always put money aside for saving.'
  24. 'He has a reputation for being careful with money, but not with time and laughs.'
  25. 'The rivals not only have deeper pockets, they are less careful than the canny Tike on how they spend their cash.'
  26. 'My dad was always very careful and he has advised me not to be too cautious and end up with money I don't know what to do with.'
Done with or showing thought and attention.
  1. 'First, the entire science of astronomy had depended on careful measurement from the very beginning.'
  2. 'You can often avoid CGT with careful planning and canny use of your annual allowance.'
  3. 'Just a careful check every now and again to make sure it doesn't grow.'
  4. 'After much careful deliberation, I had finally managed to whittle my wishes down to just two.'
  5. 'This timely reminder of the dangers of diabetes should prompt a careful look at the wisdom of that strategy.'
  6. 'I took careful, measured steps that didn't cause my pants to shift too much.'
  7. 'Such heady days may yet return to Carrow Road, but will only do so with sensible and careful planning.'
  8. 'In such circumstances careful financial planning for the future has to be done right from the start.'
  9. 'Using your home to provide you with extra money in your old age needs careful thinking and it shouldn't be done lightly.'
  10. 'But it has taken time and a lot of careful planning to avoid going into debt.'

Definitions

1. cautious in one's actions: Be careful when you cross the street.

2. taking pains in one's work; exact; thorough: a careful typist.

3. (of things) done or performed with accuracy or caution: careful research.

4. solicitously mindful (usually followed by of, about, or in): careful of the rights of others; careful about one's behavior; careful in speech.

5. Archaic. troubled. attended with anxiety.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be careful about things."

"people can be careful of things."

"people can be careful in things."

"people can be careful with moneys."

"people can be careful with people."

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Origin

Old English carful (see care, -ful).