overcareful


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overcareful

(ˌəʊvəˈkɛəfʊl)
adj
excessively careful
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.overcareful - excessively or unduly carefulovercareful - excessively or unduly careful  
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"
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overcareful

a. demasiado cuidadoso-a,
pop. puntilloso-a.
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She was not a woman of strong understanding or any quickness; and with this resemblance of her father, she inherited also much of his constitution; was delicate in her own health, overcareful of that of her children, had many fears and many nerves, and was as fond of her own Mr.
The translations are respectable, if overcareful for this reader's taste; the editors catch Agricola's precision but not his elegance, making the English prose quite leaden.
I suggest that Madame Ratignolle's "lofty" display of ignorance about Mexico and Mexicans, along with her insistence that she has only ever come into contact with one representative of the Mexican "race," connote the same thing as does her overscrupulous protection of her complexion--that is, an overcareful, even forced, and thus marked white femininity.