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[uh-ten-tiv-lee] /əˈtɛn tɪv li/
while giving attention; observantly:
Please listen attentively.
while thoughtfully attending to others; politely; courteously:
Our stay was attentively organized by the director.
Origin of attentively
1375-1425; Middle English; see attentive + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for attentively
Contemporary Examples
  • I also find it kind of hard to believe that the conference and convention industry listens that attentively to the president.

Historical Examples
  • Phoebe, looking at her attentively, despaired of getting any nearer the truth from any of them.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Wally, coming again alongside, turned his head, and regarded him attentively.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Her visitor, standing quite still, looked at her attentively.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Woburn had returned to his seat and was watching her attentively.

    The Greater Inclination Edith Wharton
  • To-day, why she did not know, Vere listened to it attentively.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • He was looking at her attentively, vexed at the change in her manner since John Storm entered.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Then she turned and looked at him attentively for the first time since they met at the church.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • I called her to me, gave her the letter, and begged her to read it attentively.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • He looked at me, inscrutably and attentively, through his gold spectacles.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

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