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attentive

[ uh-ten-tiv ]
/ əˈtɛn tɪv /
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adjective

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

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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 forms of attentive

attentively, adverbattentiveness, noun
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