- 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 attentiveness
So I think that that kind of concentration, and focus, and attentiveness, is hard to come by.Philip Roth Unbound: Interview Transcript
The Daily Beast Video
October 30, 2009
Attentiveness and Dignity While we enjoy our friend's sense of humor, we'd suggest a different memo to HR.Layoffs: HR's Moment of Truth
Jack And Suzy Welch
March 11, 2009
He answered, looking down into her eyes, which were full of attentiveness.At Fault
He was assured then of their attentiveness and protected from their interruption.The Bishop's Apron
W. Somerset Maugham
The kindness and attentiveness of this man are simply wonderful.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
All this cordial kindness and attentiveness were putting him at his ease.The Woman of Mystery
He understood her attentiveness to his comfort when she touched his arm and begged a word with him.Red-Robin
- 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 attentiveness
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.