attentive

[ uh-ten-tiv ]
/ əˈtɛn tɪv /

adjective

characterized by or giving attention; observant: an attentive audience.
thoughtful of others; considerate; polite; courteous: an attentive host.

Nearby words

  1. attention deficit disorder,
  2. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,
  3. attention line,
  4. attention span,
  5. attention-getting,
  6. attentively,
  7. attentiveness,
  8. attently,
  9. attenuant,
  10. attenuate

Origin of attentive

1375–1425; late Middle English (Scots) < Middle French; see attent, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for attentive

attentive

/ (əˈtɛntɪv) /

adjective

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
Derived Formsattentively, adverbattentiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for attentive

attentive

adj.

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.

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