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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)

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This development has been condemned by the state party leaders who insisted that the formation of a caretaker committee is alien to the party's constitution and would be resisted through all known legal means.
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Within her discussion of this changing model of domestic care, Murphy corrects some earlier historical misconceptions about the relationship between orthodox physicians and domestic caretakers. She directly challenges Paul Starr's assertion that medical professionalization efforts caused doctors to be hostile to domestic practices.
It was decided in the meeting that caretaker governments would ensure arrangements of free, fair and impartial general election, said a handout issued here on Saturday.
Opposition parties have rejected the decision as it is the second consecutive month that the caretaker government has increased prices.
According to details, 10 caretaker ministers from KP, 10 from Baluchistan, six from Sindh and four Punjab didn't submit their assets details to the ECP whereas these ministers were supposed to submit their assets details within three days of sworn in.