[adj] 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"
[adj] with care and dignity; "walking at the same measured pace"; "with all deliberate speed"
[adj] mindful of the future in spending money; "careful with money"
[adj] cautiously attentive; "careful of her feelings"; "heedful of his father's advice"
[adj] (archaic) full of cares or anxiety; "Thou art careful and troubled about many things"-Luke 10.41
aware, blow-by-blow, cautious, certain, close, conscientious, deliberate, detailed, elaborate, elaborated, heedful, measured, mindful, minute, narrow, overcareful, painstaking, particular(a), protective(p), provident, scrupulous, studious, sure, thorough,
\Care"ful\ (k[^a]r"f[.u]l), a. [AS. cearful.]
1. Full of care; anxious; solicitous. [Archaic] Be careful [Rev. Ver. ``anxious''] for nothing. --Phil. iv.
6. The careful plowman doubting stands. --Milton.
2. Filling with care or solicitude; exposing to concern, anxiety, or trouble; painful. The careful cold beginneth for to creep. --Spenser. By Him that raised me to this careful height. --Shak.
3. Taking care; giving good heed; watchful; cautious; provident; not indifferent, heedless, or reckless; -- often followed by of, for, or the infinitive; as, careful of money; careful to do right. Thou hast been careful for us with all this care. --
2. Kings iv, 1
3. What could a careful father more have done? --Dryden. Syn: Anxious; solicitous; provident; thoughtful; cautious; circumspect; heedful; watchful; vigilant.