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Showing or practicing caution; careful.
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  1. Showing or practicing caution; careful.
  2. Tentative or restrained; guarded:
  3. Full of caution; careful to avoid danger; circumspect; wary
On the alert, as for danger or error; watchful.
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  1. On the alert, as for danger or error; watchful.
  2. Staying watchful and alert to danger or trouble
(Archaic) Not sleeping; awake.
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  1. (Archaic) Not sleeping; awake.
  2. Closely observant or alert; vigilant:
  3. Observant, vigilant and aware
Feeling suspicion
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  1. Feeling suspicion
  2. Expressing suspicion
  3. Arousing or likely to arouse suspicion in others
Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick.
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  1. Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick.
  2. Watchful and ready, as in facing danger
  3. Quick in thought or action; active; nimble
Alert; watchful.
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  1. Alert; watchful.
  2. Completely awake
Excessively scrupulous or sensitive, as in taste, propriety, or neatness:
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  1. Excessively scrupulous or sensitive, as in taste, propriety, or neatness:
  2. Difficult to please; exacting:
  3. Showing or acting with careful attention to detail:
Having, applying, or showing sound judgment; wise and careful
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  1. Having, applying, or showing sound judgment; wise and careful
Showing or acting with extreme care and concern for details.
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  1. Showing or acting with extreme care and concern for details.
  2. (Archaic) Excessively careful and precise.
  3. Extremely or excessively careful about details; scrupulous or finicky
That is completely (the thing specified); out-and-out; absolute
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  1. That is completely (the thing specified); out-and-out; absolute
  2. Absolute; utter:
  3. Very exact, accurate, or painstaking, esp. with regard to details
Taking pains; very careful; diligent
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  1. Taking pains; very careful; diligent
  2. Acting with, showing, or involving great care and attention.
  3. Carefully attentive to details; diligent in performing a process or procedure.
Exactly and carefully conducted.
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  1. Exactly and carefully conducted.
  2. Extremely careful to do the precisely right, proper, or correct thing in every last detail; most punctilious
  3. Having scruples or compunctions.
On guard; watchful:
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  1. On guard; watchful:
  2. On one's guard; cautious, suspicious, etc.
  3. Cautious of danger; carefully watching and guarding against deception, artifices, and dangers; timorously or suspiciously prudent; circumspect; scrupulous; careful.
Careful to consider all related circumstances before acting, judging, or deciding
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  1. Careful to consider all related circumstances before acting, judging, or deciding
Possessed of, exercising, or showing prudence and self-restraint in speech and behavior; circumspect:
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  1. Possessed of, exercising, or showing prudence and self-restraint in speech and behavior; circumspect:
  2. Careful about what one says or does; prudent; esp., keeping silent or preserving confidences when necessary
  3. Made, done, or situated so as to attract little notice:
(Archaic) Full of desire; eager:
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  1. (Archaic) Full of desire; eager:
  2. Showing great attention or concern to another:
  3. Expressing care or concern for another:
Anxious; troubled:
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  1. Anxious; troubled:
  2. Interested and involved:
  3. Showing concern.
Careful in considering, judging, or deciding; not rash or hasty
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  1. Careful in considering, judging, or deciding; not rash or hasty
  2. Carefully thought out and formed, or done on purpose; premeditated
  3. Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional:
Frugal; economical:
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  1. Frugal; economical:
  2. Prudent or economical
  3. Providing for future needs or events; exercising or characterized by foresight
Of or characteristic of a conservative; tending to preserve established ways or institutions and to resist or oppose radical change
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  1. Of or characteristic of a conservative; tending to preserve established ways or institutions and to resist or oppose radical change
  2. (Judaism) Designating or of a movement that accepts traditional forms and religious ritual that have been adapted to modern life with moderation and flexibility
  3. Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.
Characterized by or resulting from care or wisdom in practical matters or in planning for the future:
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  1. Characterized by or resulting from care or wisdom in practical matters or in planning for the future:
  2. Careful or wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense:
  3. Capable of exercising sound judgment in practical matters, esp. as concerns one's own interests
Of, relating to, or providing details; precise:
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  1. Of, relating to, or providing details; precise:
  2. Distinctive among others of the same group, category, or nature; noteworthy or exceptional:
  3. Of, belonging to, or associated with a specific person, group, thing, or category; not general or universal:
Very strict or harsh
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  1. Very strict or harsh
  2. Characterized by or adhering to strict standards or methods; exacting and thorough:
  3. Rigidly precise; thoroughly accurate or exact
Full of unnecessary details
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  1. Full of unnecessary details
  2. Easily upset; given to bouts of ill temper:
  3. Paying great or excessive attention to personal tastes and appearance; fastidious:
Insisting capriciously on getting just what one wants; difficult to please; fastidious:
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  1. Insisting capriciously on getting just what one wants; difficult to please; fastidious:
  2. (Informal) Fastidious and fussy; difficult to please; exacting, especially about details.
  3. Too particular or exacting; overly dainty or fastidious; fussy
Neat and trim:
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  1. Neat and trim:
  2. Precise or proper to the point of affectation; excessively decorous.
  3. Stiffly formal, precise, moral, etc.; proper; demure
Requiring precise accuracy
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  1. Requiring precise accuracy
  2. Demanding great care, patience, effort, etc.; arduous
  3. Making severe or excessive demands; not easily satisfied; strict
Serious or staid in character or conduct:
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  1. Serious or staid in character or conduct:
  2. Straightforward and serious; not exaggerated, emotional, or silly:
  3. Not intoxicated or affected by the use of alcohol or drugs.
Diligent; persevering
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  1. Diligent; persevering
  2. Done with constant and careful attention
  3. Showing or characterized by persistent attention or untiring application:
Able to make or see fine distinctions; discerning
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  1. Able to make or see fine distinctions; discerning
  2. Having a discerning judgment or taste
  3. Able to perceive fine distinctions between similar things; perceptive
Alternative form of surefooted.
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  1. Alternative form of surefooted.
  2. Walking steadily, moving freely, capable of finding good footing
  3. Designed so as to hold well to the road:
Distinct and correct in sound or meaning:
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  1. Distinct and correct in sound or meaning:
  2. Strictly distinguished from others; very:
  3. (Sciences) Of experimental results, consistent, clustered close together, agreeing with each other. This does not mean that they cluster near the true, correct, or accurate value.
Not deviating in form or content; without variation; precise
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  1. Not deviating in form or content; without variation; precise
  2. Characterized by accurate measurements or inferences with small margins of error; not approximate:
  3. Strictly and completely in accord with fact; not deviating from truth or reality:
  1. Vigilant, alert
  2. (Fencing) The starting position of a fencing bout; en garde.
Guided by or in accordance with the dictates of conscience; principled:
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  1. Guided by or in accordance with the dictates of conscience; principled:
  2. Thorough and assiduous:
  3. Governed by, or made or done according to, what one knows is right; scrupulous; honest
Showing sound or pragmatic judgment; prudent; judicious:
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  1. Showing sound or pragmatic judgment; prudent; judicious:
  2. (Archaic) Sagacious in promoting a policy; ingenious in devising and advancing a system of management; devoted to a scheme or system rather than to a principle; hence, in a good sense, wise; prudent; sagacious
  3. (Archaic) Relating to, or promoting, a policy, especially a national policy; well-devised; adapted to its end, whether right or wrong; said of things.
Paying close attention; alert or observant:
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  1. Paying close attention; alert or observant:
  2. Showing care for the needs or desires of others; caring or courteous.
  3. Paying attention; noticing, watching, listening, or attending closely
Shrewd or cunning, esp. in a selfish way; scheming
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  1. Shrewd or cunning, esp. in a selfish way; scheming
  2. Shrewd; crafty:
  3. (Especially of a person) Which serves one's own interests in an unemotional, analytical manner.
Deficient or limited in quantity, fullness, or extent:
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  1. Deficient or limited in quantity, fullness, or extent:
  2. Careful in spending or using; frugal
  3. Given to or marked by prudence and restraint in the use of material resources.
Observant; heedful; mindful
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  1. Observant; heedful; mindful
  2. Showing attention; heedful.
  3. Showing regard; respectful or considerate
Consciously thoughtful and observant (often of other people); caring
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  1. Consciously thoughtful and observant (often of other people); caring
  2. (Archaic) Characterized by careful thought; deliberate.
  3. Having or showing regard for the needs or feelings of others.
Being aware (of something); attentive, heedful. [from 14th c.]
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  1. Being aware (of something); attentive, heedful. [from 14th c.]
  2. Having in mind; aware, heedful, or careful (of)
  3. Attentive; heedful:
(Northumbrian) Very or much.
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  1. (Northumbrian) Very or much.
  2. Careful and shrewd in one's actions and dealings; clever and cautious
  3. Careful and shrewd, especially where one's own interests are concerned.
Kept from escape or trouble; held in check; supervised
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  1. Kept from escape or trouble; held in check; supervised
  2. Serious and of uncertain prognosis
  3. Kept safe; watched over and protected; defended
Not committing one to any point of view or course of action; not revealing one's position or purpose
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  1. Not committing one to any point of view or course of action; not revealing one's position or purpose
  2. Tending to avoid commitment; lacking certainty or decisiveness; reluctant to give out information or show one's feelings or opinion.
Having self-discipline, be in control of one's self and one's actions.
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  1. Having self-discipline, be in control of one's self and one's actions.
Consisting of one unalloyed metal throughout; also, containing no more alloy than is necessary to insure hardness
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  1. Consisting of one unalloyed metal throughout; also, containing no more alloy than is necessary to insure hardness
  2. Sound; reliable:
  3. Written without a hyphen or space. For example, the word software is a solid compound.
Marked by calm self-control:
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  1. Marked by calm self-control:
  2. Excellent; first-rate:
  3. (Slang) Entire; full:
Not excited or agitated; composed:
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  1. Not excited or agitated; composed:
  2. Not agitated or excited; tranquil
  3. Without wind or motion; still; quiet
Having better vision for distant objects than for near ones; hyperopic
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  1. Having better vision for distant objects than for near ones; hyperopic
  2. Able to see distant objects better than objects at close range; hyperopic.
  3. Being considerate about the future with respect to one's own plans or deeds; showing anticipation.
Not costly or luxurious; inexpensive or meager
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  1. Not costly or luxurious; inexpensive or meager
  2. Simple or costing little; meager or inexpensive:
  3. Practicing or marked by economy, as in the expenditure of money or the use of material resources.
Secured by thrift; well husbanded.
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  1. Secured by thrift; well husbanded.
  2. Practicing or marked by the practice of thrift; wisely economical.
  3. Well appearing; looking or being in good condition; becoming.
Very careful about every detail of behavior, ceremony, etc.
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  1. Very careful about every detail of behavior, ceremony, etc.
  2. Strictly attentive to detail; meticulous or fastidious, particularly to codes or conventions.
  3. Strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct.
Conscientiously exact; careful; scrupulous
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  1. Conscientiously exact; careful; scrupulous
  2. Of, concerned with, appropriate to, or teaching religion
  3. Extremely scrupulous or conscientious:
Characterized by stealth; secret, furtive, or sly
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  1. Characterized by stealth; secret, furtive, or sly
  2. Characterized by or resembling stealth or secrecy.
  3. Marked by or acting with quiet, caution, and secrecy intended to avoid notice.
  1. Diligently attentive in observing a law, custom, duty or principle; regardful; mindful.
  2. Strict in observing, or keeping, a law, custom, duty, rule, etc.
  3. (Judaism) Designating or of a person who adheres strictly to traditional religious practices
Not giving or expending freely; sparing:
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  1. Not giving or expending freely; sparing:
  2. Very cautious; wary:
  3. Not taking chances; careful; cautious
(Archaic) Capable of understanding and quick to apprehend.
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  1. (Archaic) Capable of understanding and quick to apprehend.
  2. Anxious or fearful about the future; uneasy:
  3. Anxious or fearful about the future; uneasy
On one's guard; wary; suspicious
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  1. On one's guard; wary; suspicious
  2. Suspicious or distrustful; wary:
  3. Cautious, hesitant, or nervous about something; having reservations or concerns.
Very careful in choosing; highly selective.
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  1. Very careful in choosing; highly selective.
  2. Taking care when choosing that what is chosen best suits one's tastes, desires or requirements
Excessively meticulous; fussy.
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  1. Excessively meticulous; fussy.
  2. (Informal) Overly fastidious or exacting; fussy
  3. Fussy; particular; demanding to have things just right.
Attentive; heedful:
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  1. Attentive; heedful:
  2. Being aware (of something); attentive, heedful. [from 14th c.]
  3. Having in mind; aware, heedful, or careful (of)
  1. Alert and paying close attention; watchful.
  2. (Judaism) Designating or of a person who adheres strictly to traditional religious practices
  3. Having or showing keen perceptiveness; perceptive:
(Archaic) Not sleeping; awake.
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  1. (Archaic) Not sleeping; awake.
  2. Observant, vigilant and aware
  3. Closely observant or alert; vigilant:
Showing or practicing caution; careful.
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  1. Showing or practicing caution; careful.
  2. Full of caution; careful to avoid danger; circumspect; wary
  3. Tentative or restrained; guarded:
Not giving or expending freely; sparing:
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  1. Not giving or expending freely; sparing:
  2. Very cautious; wary:
  3. Not taking chances; careful; cautious
Careful to consider all related circumstances before acting, judging, or deciding
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  1. Careful to consider all related circumstances before acting, judging, or deciding
Well-to-do; well-off; prosperous
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  1. Well-to-do; well-off; prosperous
  2. Having ample financial resources; well-off.
  3. Looking ahead to, or making provision for, the future; thrifty; prudent
Cautious; careful:
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  1. Cautious; careful:
  2. Very careful; cautious
Cautious or judicious in manner and/or actions. Cautious or judicious in manner and/or actions.
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  1. Cautious or judicious in manner and/or actions. Cautious or judicious in manner and/or actions.
  2. Careful or wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense:
  3. Capable of exercising sound judgment in practical matters, esp. as concerns one's own interests
On guard; watchful:
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  1. On guard; watchful:
  2. On one's guard; cautious, suspicious, etc.
  3. Cautious of danger; carefully watching and guarding against deception, artifices, and dangers; timorously or suspiciously prudent; circumspect; scrupulous; careful.
Difficult to please; exacting:
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  1. Difficult to please; exacting:
  2. Excessively scrupulous or sensitive, as in taste, propriety, or neatness:
  3. Showing or acting with careful attention to detail:
Showing or acting with extreme care and concern for details.
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  1. Showing or acting with extreme care and concern for details.
  2. Extremely or excessively careful about details; scrupulous or finicky
  3. (Archaic) Excessively careful and precise.
Acting with, showing, or involving great care and attention.
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  1. Acting with, showing, or involving great care and attention.
  2. Carefully attentive to details; diligent in performing a process or procedure.
  3. Taking pains; very careful; diligent
Very exact; scrupulous
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  1. Having scruples or compunctions.
  2. Conscientious and exact; painstaking.
  3. Exactly and carefully conducted.

Synonym Study

  • Wary implies a cautiousness that is prompted by suspicion
  • Discreet implies the exercise of discernment and judgment in the guidance of one's speech and action and suggests careful restraint
  • Prudent implies the exercise of both caution and circumspection, suggesting careful management in economic and practical matters
  • Cautious implies a careful guarding against possible dangers or risks
  • Circumspect implies a careful consideration of all circumstances to avoid error or unfavorable consequences
  • Scrupulous implies a conscientious adherence to what is considered right, true, accurate, or proper in every detail
  • Meticulous implies extreme, sometimes finicky, carefulness about details
  • Careful implies close attention to or great concern for whatever is one's work or responsibility, and usually connotes thoroughness, a guarding against error or injury, etc.
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