SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective characterized by or giving attention; observant: an attentive audience. thoughtful of others; considerate; polite; courteous: an attentive host. Origin of attentive 1375–1425; late Middle English
-ive Related forms at·ten·tive·ly, adverb at·ten·tive·ness, noun o·ver·at·ten·tive, adjective o·ver·at·ten·tive·ly, adverb o·ver·at·ten·tive·ness, noun un·at·ten·tive, adjective un·at·ten·tive·ly, adverb un·at·ten·tive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for over-attentive Historical Examples of over-attentive British Dictionary definitions for over-attentive 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 attentively, adverb attentiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-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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