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Attentive vs. Careful — What's the Difference?

Attentive vs. Careful — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Attentive and Careful

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Attentive

Paying close attention to something
Ministers should be more attentive to the interests of taxpayers
Never before had she had such an attentive audience

Careful

Making sure of avoiding potential danger, mishap, or harm; cautious
Be careful not to lose her address
I begged him to be more careful

Attentive

Paying close attention; alert or observant
An attentive listener.
Attentive to detail.

Careful

Done with or showing thought and attention
A careful consideration of the facts

Attentive

Showing care for the needs or desires of others; caring or courteous.
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Careful

Attentive to potential danger, error, or harm; cautious
Was careful when crossing the street.
A careful answer.

Attentive

Paying attention; noticing, watching, listening, or attending closely.
She is an attentive listener, but does not like to talk much.

Careful

Thorough and painstaking in action or execution; conscientious
A careful search.
Careful art restorers.

Attentive

Courteous; mindful.
A husband attentive to his wife's needs

Careful

Protective; solicitous
Be careful of his feelings.

Attentive

Heedful; intent; observant; regarding with care or attention.

Careful

Full of cares or anxiety
"Thou art careful and troubled about many things" (Luke 10:41).

Attentive

Heedful of the comfort of others; courteous.

Careful

Taking care; attentive to potential danger, error or harm; cautious.
He was a slow and careful driver.
Be very careful while trekking through the jungle.

Attentive

(often followed by `to') giving care or attention;
Attentive to details
The nurse was attentive to her patient
An attentive suitor

Careful

Conscientious and painstaking; meticulous.
They made a careful search of the crime scene.

Attentive

Taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention;
Heedful of the warnings
So heedful a writer
Heedful of what they were doing

Careful

(obsolete) Full of care or grief; sorrowful, sad.

Careful

(obsolete) Full of cares or anxiety; worried, troubled.

Careful

Full of care; anxious; solicitous.
Be careful [Rev. Ver. "anxious"] for nothing.
The careful plowman doubting stands.

Careful

Filling with care or solicitude; exposing to concern, anxiety, or trouble; painful.
The careful cold beginneth for to creep.
By Him that raised me to this careful height.

Careful

Taking care; giving good heed; watchful; cautious; provident; not indifferent, heedless, or reckless; - often followed by of, for, or the infinitive; as, careful of money; careful to do right.
Thou hast been careful for us with all this care.
What could a careful father more have done?

Careful

Exercising caution or showing care or attention;
They were careful when crossing the busy street
Be careful to keep her shoes clean
Did very careful research
Careful art restorers
Careful of the rights of others
Careful about one's behavior

Careful

Cautiously attentive;
Careful of her feelings
Heedful of his father's advice

Careful

With care and dignity;
Walking at the same measured pace
With all deliberate speed

Careful

Full of cares or anxiety;
Thou art careful and troubled about many things

Careful

Mindful of the future in spending money;
Careful with money

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