[ thawt-fuhl ]
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  1. showing consideration for others; considerate.

  2. characterized by or manifesting careful thought: a thoughtful essay.

  1. occupied with or given to thought; contemplative; meditative; reflective: in a thoughtful mood.

  2. careful, heedful, or mindful: to be thoughtful of one's safety.

Origin of thoughtful

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English; thought1 + -ful

synonym study For thoughtful

1. Thoughtful, considerate mean taking thought for the comfort and the good of others. Thoughtful implies providing little attentions, offering services, or in some way looking out for the comfort or welfare of others: It was thoughtful of you to send the flowers. Considerate implies sparing others annoyance or discomfort, and being careful not to hurt their feelings: not considerate of his family.

Other words for thoughtful

Other words from thoughtful

  • thought·ful·ly, adverb
  • thought·ful·ness, noun
  • o·ver·thought·ful, adjective
  • o·ver·thought·ful·ly, adverb
  • un·thought·ful, adjective
  • un·thought·ful·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use thoughtful in a sentence

  • The unthoughtful took desperately what they believed life owed them.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner | Coningsby Dawson
  • It is good for nothing else that I know of: strong; but unhelpful and unthoughtful.

  • Men is so unthoughtful, and seems to think as women can stow themselves away anywheres.

    One of the 28th | G. A. Henty
  • If the rows on the ears of corn are irregular and broken, the planter is considered careless and unthoughtful.

    Myths and Legends of the Sioux | Marie L. McLaughlin
  • Unthoughtful husbands do not always appreciate the magnitude of the duties which fall to the successful homemaker and homekeeper.

British Dictionary definitions for thoughtful


/ (ˈθɔːtfʊl) /

  1. considerate in the treatment of other people

  2. showing careful thought

  1. pensive; reflective

Derived forms of thoughtful

  • thoughtfully, adverb
  • thoughtfulness, noun

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