care, n.

1. Serious attention; heed (written with care).

2. Under the law of negligence or of obligations, the conduct demanded of a person in a given situation. • Typically, this involves a person’s giving attention both to possible dangers, mistakes, and pitfalls and to ways of minimizing those risks (standard of care). See DEGREE OF CARE; REASONABLE PERSON. [Cases: Negligence 230. C.J.S. Negligence §§ 34, 59, 114, 116–117.]

adequate care. See reasonable care.

due care. See reasonable care.

extraordinary care. See great care.

great care.

1. The degree of care that a prudent person exercises in dealing with very important personal affairs.

2. The degree of care exercised in a given situation by someone in the business or profession of dealing with the situation.

— Also termed extraordinary care; high degree of care; utmost care.

high degree of care. See great care.

highest degree of care.

1. The degree of care exercised commensurate with the danger involved. [Cases: Negli-gence 230. C.J.S. Negligence §§ 34, 59, 114, 116–117.]

2. See great care.

ordinary care. See reasonable care.

proper care. See reasonable care.

reasonable care. As a test of liability for negligence, the degree of care that a prudent and competent person engaged in the same line of business or endeavor would exercise under similar circumstances.

— Also termed due care; ordinary care; adequate care; proper care. See REASONABLE PERSON. [Cases: Negligence 233. C.J.S. Negligence §§ 34, 118–121, 125–127, 130–131, 133.]

slight care. The degree of care a person gives to matters of minor importance; the degree of care given by a person of limited accountability.

utmost care. See great care.

3. Family law. The provision of physical or psychological comfort to another, esp. an ailing spouse, child, or parent.

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