"Because I wasn't going to be civil to people who were over-attentive to other people," says Lilian, in her most lucid manner.
His clerk kept the village public-house, and was not over-attentive to his duties.
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.