carefully

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Adverb[edit]

carefully (comparative more carefully, superlative most carefully)

  1. (obsolete) Sorrowfully.
  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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