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These adjectives mean giving close or cautious attention: were careful not to get their shoes muddy; alert to any change in the patient's condition; attentive to her driving; heedful of potential danger; mindful of his health; a vigilant customs official; a watchful babysitter. See Also Synonyms at meticulous.
careful careless carefree
If you are careful, you do something with a lot of attention.
If you are careless, you do things badly because you are not giving them enough attention. Careless is the opposite of careful.
Someone who is carefree has no worries and can therefore enjoy life.
|Adj.||1.||careful - 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"|
cautious - showing careful forethought; "reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions"; "a cautious driver"
diligent - characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks; "a diligent detective investigates all clues"; "a diligent search of the files"
prudent - careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment; "a prudent manager"; "prudent rulers"; "prudent hesitation"; "more prudent to hide than to fight"
careless - marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful; "careless about her clothes"; "forgotten by some careless person"; "a careless housekeeper"; "careless proofreading"; "it was a careless mistake"; "hurt by a careless remark"
|2.||careful - cautiously attentive; "careful of her feelings"; "heedful of his father's advice"|
|3.||careful - unhurried and with care and dignity; "walking at the same measured pace"; "with all deliberate speed"|
unhurried - relaxed and leisurely; without hurry or haste; "people strolling about in an unhurried way"; "an unhurried walk"; "spoke in a calm and unhurried voice"
|4.||careful - full of cares or anxiety; "Thou art careful and troubled about many things"-Luke 10.41|
troubled - characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need; "troubled areas"; "fell into a troubled sleep"; "a troubled expression"; "troubled teenagers"
|5.||careful - mindful of the future in spending money; "careful with money"|
provident - providing carefully for the future; "wild squirrels are provident"; "a provident father plans for his children's education"
cautious reckless, careless, negligent, unconcerned, untroubled, thoughtless, neglectful, slovenly, inattentive, remiss, abandoned, casual
thorough casual, careless, inaccurate, inexact
he's a careful driver → es un conductor prudente, conduce con prudencia or cuidado
(be) careful! → ¡(ten) cuidado!
she's very careful about what she eats → pone mucho cuidado en or es muy prudente con lo que come
be careful of the dog → ten cuidado con el perro
be careful that he doesn't hear you → procura que no te oiga, ten cuidado de que no te oiga
be careful to shut the door → no te olvides de cerrar la puerta
he was careful to point out that → se cuidó de señalar que ...
he was careful not to offend her → tuvo cuidado de no ofenderle
be careful not to drop it; be careful (that) you don't drop it → procura que no se te caiga, ten cuidado de que no se te caiga
we have to be very careful not to be seen → tenemos que tener mucho cuidado de que no nos vean
you can't be too careful → todos las precauciones son pocas
be careful what you say to him → (ten) cuidado con lo que le dices
to be careful with sth → tener cuidado con algo
be careful with the glasses → cuidado con los vasos
he's very careful with his money → es muy ahorrador (pej) → es muy tacaño
after careful consideration of all the relevant facts → después de considerar todos los datos cuidadosamente
after weeks of careful preparation → después de semanas de cuidadosos or intensos preparativos
we have made a careful study of the report → hemos estudiado el informe cuidadosamente or detenidamente
after giving this problem careful thought, I believe that → después de pensar detenidamente sobre este problema, creo que ...
careful!, be careful! → attention!, fais attention!
you can't be too careful → on n'est jamais trop prudent
to be careful with one's money → regarder à la dépense
(be) careful! → (stai) attento!, attenzione!
to be careful with sth → fare attenzione a qc
he's very careful with his money → sta molto attento a quanto spende
be careful what you say to him → stai attento a come gli parli
he was careful not to offend her → badava a non offenderla