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



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.
    • 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter II:
      Then his sallow face brightened, for the hall had been carefully furnished, and was very clean. ¶ There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.