- characterized by or giving attention; observant: an attentive audience.
- thoughtful of others; considerate; polite; courteous: an attentive host.
Origin of attentive
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Examples from the Web for attentive
She gave jewelry away, gifts, and was one of the most attentive, caring friends.I Was There: Inside Joan Rivers’ Funeral
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Yet in practice, those most attentive to LGBT concerns may be the least eager to pick this fight.Iran's New Gay Executions
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Indeed, the crowd at my reading was attentive, inquisitive—and willing to spend money on printed books.Amazon Won’t Kill the Indie Bookstore
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The former is an exquisitely calibrated product of American liberalism, ever attentive to such notions as “inclusiveness.”Mr. Politically Correct Obama, Meet Your Opposite, India’s Mr. Modi
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The bartenders can be hit or miss, but for the most part they are all friendly, fast, attentive, and knowledgeable.Best Broncos and Seahawks Bars to Watch Super Bowl XLVIII
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The latter was cruelly polite and attentive in his demeanour.
She, on her part, fell at once attentive, grave and responsive.The Black Bag
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She paused a little under his attentive look, and then said, 'I hope there is no harm in it.
He handed her one of the printed bills, which she read with a steady and attentive face.
My desire to learn made me attentive, prompt, and respectful.
- paying attention; listening carefully; observant
- (postpositive often foll by to) careful to fulfil the needs or wants (of); considerate (about)she was always attentive to his needs
Word Origin and History for attentive
late 14c. (implied in attentively), from Old French attentif, from Vulgar Latin *attenditus, from Latin attentus "heedful, observant" (see attend). Sense of "actively ministering to the needs and wants" (of another person) is from early 16c. Related: Attentively.