over·​care·​ful ˌō-vər-ˈker-fəl How to pronounce overcareful (audio)
: too careful : overcautious
an overcareful approach
He is a bit overcareful with his investments.
overcarefully adverb
The time spent sitting and watching has affected his shot, Miles admitted, and he was obviously trying to overcarefully guide his shots against the Heat. Phil Miller

Examples of overcareful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One or two of the near-future episodes felt overcareful, connecting the dots between Earthtrust’s science and the rebels’ sabotage. BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overcareful was in 1568

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“Overcareful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcareful. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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