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[mahynd-fuh l] /ˈmaɪnd fəl/
attentive, aware, or careful (usually followed by of):
mindful of one's responsibilities.
noting or relating to the psychological technique of mindfulness:
mindful observation of one's experiences.
Origin of mindful
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425, mindful is from the late Middle English word mindeful. See mind, -ful
Related forms
mindfully, adverb
mindfulness, noun
heedful, thoughtful, regardful. Unabridged
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  • But New Jersey and Delaware, mindful of recent grievances, were not to be argued down or soothed.

  • "Tell them to unhitch," said Sam, mindful of the duties of hospitality.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • I was very glad to receive your letter of the 26th, and to think that you were mindful of us.

    Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee (His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
  • "You mustn't look at me steadily then," she answered, mindful of the power of his eyes.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Each one was mindful of the hundreds of buried side-blades with their edges uppermost, and almost all were bare-footed.

    When Grandmamma Was New Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for mindful


usually postpositive and foll by of. keeping aware; heedful: mindful of your duties
Derived Forms
mindfully, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mindful

mid-14c., from mind (n.) + -ful. Related: Mindfully; mindfulness. Old English myndful meant "of good memory." Old English also had myndig (adj.) "mindful, recollecting; thoughtful," which if it had lived might have yielded a modern *mindy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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