gingerliness


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gin·ger·ly

 (jĭn′jər-lē)
adv.
With great care or delicacy; cautiously.
adj.
Cautious; careful: with a gingerly step.

[Possibly alteration of obsolete French gensor, delicate, from Old French, comparative of gent, gentle; see gent1.]

gin′ger·li·ness n.
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gingerliness

noun
1. Cautious attentiveness:
2. Careful forethought to avoid harm or risk:
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He dresses after games with the gingerliness of a man defusing a bomb.
The last two syllables of Erculus show vowel harmony in the other direction; the non-involvement of the stressed syllable in that is one aspect of what I have called Alfred's gingerliness in handling the name.