carefully

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English carfulli, carefulliche, from Old English cearfullīċe, carfullīċe (carefully, diligently), equivalent to careful +‎ -ly.

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carefully (comparative more carefully, superlative most carefully)

  1. (obsolete) Sorrowfully.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.8:
      there was she faine / To call them all in order to her ayde, / And them conjure, upon eternall paine, / To counsell her, so carefully dismayd, / How she might heale her sonne […].
  2. With care; attentively, circumspectly.
    As he was a politician, he discussed all subjects carefully, not offending anyone.
    He carefully studied the papers, while planning his next move.
    He carefully avoided the subject all evening.

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