• (British) IPA: /ˈkɛːfəl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɛ(ə)ɹfəl/


  1. Taking care; 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 crime scene.
  3. (obsolete) Full of care or grief; sorrowful, sad.
  4. (obsolete) Full of cares or anxiety; worried, troubled.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.1:
      Where through long watch, and late daies weary toile, / She soundly slept, and carefull thoughts did quite assoile.
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