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gingerly (adj) very carefully and cautiously.
When you handle something very carefully and cautiously to avoid being hurt, you handle it gingerly. When you move gingerly you move very cautiously for fear of danger. You touch an explosive gingerly because you are afraid that it might explode any moment. You handle a loaded pistol gingerly, that is, with all care and caution.
- The soldiers, one after another, walked gingerly through the narrow lane as they expected enemy gunfire or an ambush.
- Tom picked up the old document gingerly because it was dilapidated and appeared to fall to pieces even when touched.