Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


She took better care of it and was more careful with the arrangement of her hair.

And, brooding over the affair, he decided that he must be more careful.

Very good, I said, and I am obliged to you for the hint: in future we will be more careful.

He had told her she was engaged and ought to be more careful.

She decided she must be more careful in hiding her feelings when her landlord was about.

But really, my dear young lady, you must be more careful about our feelings.

I will not say that, poor fellow, for life was dear to him; but he should have been more careful.

"Si, you orter to be more careful in talkin' to your sisters," he remonstrated when they were alone.

"Miss McGuire, I'll trouble you to be more careful in addressing my guests," he said icily.

No man could have been more careful of the comfort and lives of his men.


Old English cearful "mournful, sad," also "full of care or woe; anxious; full of concern" (for someone or something), thus "applying attention, painstaking, circumspect;" from care (n.) + -ful.