late 13c., from Old French ententif, intentif (12c.), from Late Latin intentivus, from intent-, past participle stem of intendere (see intend).
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mindful, discerning, discriminating, perceptive, vigilant, attentive, intelligent, alive, bright, considering, correct, eager, eagle-eyed, heedful, interested, keen, obedient, penetrating, questioning, quick
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