- 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 unattentive
A short speech; and an unattentive, and disheartened audience!
The public who do not believe in military operations without bloodshed may be unattentive.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Young men, who are too unattentive to receive lectures, are irresistibly taken with performances.The Tatler, Volume 3
Milk and sugar and was unattentive as to cleanliness with the child?Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- 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 unattentive
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.