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.

Origin of attentive

1375–1425; late Middle English (Scots) < Middle French; see attent, -ive
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British Dictionary definitions for overattentive (1 of 2)

overattentive

/ (ˌəʊvərəˈtɛntɪv) /

adjective

excessively careful to fulfil the needs and wants (of)

British Dictionary definitions for overattentive (2 of 2)

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 overattentive

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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