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