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[heed-fuh l] /ˈhid fəl/
taking heed; attentive; mindful; thoughtful; careful:
She was always heedful of others' needs.
Origin of heedful
1540-50; heed + -ful
Related forms
heedfully, adverb
heedfulness, noun
unheedful, adjective
unheedfully, adverb
unheedfulness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Quoth the king: "It is often shown how heedful in thine heart thou wilt be to us."

  • Fearsome it was there alone in the gloom, but the lady Janet was heedful of nought.

    Stories from the Ballads Mary MacGregor
  • There are so many of him that, unless we are heedful, we shall come to regard him lightly just because he is hidden by the crowd.

    The Bible and Life Edwin Holt Hughes
  • Vanquish't by right we must be, since Victory loveth the heedful.

    The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus Caius Valerius Catullus
  • The naming of either new dolls or new pets usually needed the heedful attention of the entire Corner House family.

  • Be heedful of your bearings, speak not your mind to all you meet.

  • Nangotook, heedful of hidden points and reefs, kept his eyes on the water most of the time.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • Then laughed Toti, as one who would not be thought to be too heedful of the morrow.

    The House of the Wolfings William Morris
  • With heedful manipulation here was the fuel to feed the fire of his besetting passion for some hours.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • Careless captains do but throw away what heedful men might win.

    With the Black Prince William Osborn Stoddard
Word Origin and History for heedful

1540s, from heed + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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