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1 : watchful or protective attention, caution, concern, prudence, or regard usually towards an action or situation
: due care [a person has a duty to use in dealing with others, and failure to do so is negligence "R. I. Mehr"] see also due care, negligence, standard of care NOTE: Statute, case law, and custom often impose a duty of care. The degree or standard of care owed varies depending on the circumstances. For example, a landlord has to exercise greater care in relation to a tenant than to a trespasser.
2 a : personal supervision or responsibility
b : maintenance
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.