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attentive

[uh-ten-tiv]
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adjective
  1. characterized by or giving attention; observant: an attentive audience.
  2. 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
Related formsat·ten·tive·ly, adverbat·ten·tive·ness, nouno·ver·at·ten·tive, adjectiveo·ver·at·ten·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·at·ten·tive·ness, nounun·at·ten·tive, adjectiveun·at·ten·tive·ly, adverbun·at·ten·tive·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. heedful, mindful, aware, alert, awake, watchful.

Antonyms

1. indifferent, apathetic, unconcerned.
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Examples from the Web for unattentive

Historical Examples

  • A short speech; and an unattentive, and disheartened audience!

    The Reign of Tiberius, Out of the First Six Annals of Tacitus

    Tacitus

  • The public who do not believe in military operations without bloodshed may be unattentive.

  • Young men, who are too unattentive to receive lectures, are irresistibly taken with performances.

  • Milk and sugar and was unattentive as to cleanliness with the child?

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy


British Dictionary definitions for unattentive

attentive

adjective
  1. paying attention; listening carefully; observant
  2. (postpositive often foll by to) careful to fulfil the needs or wants (of); considerate (about)she was always attentive to his needs
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Derived Formsattentively, adverbattentiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unattentive

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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