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  1. showing consideration for others; considerate.
  2. characterized by or manifesting careful thought: a thoughtful essay.
  3. occupied with or given to thought; contemplative; meditative; reflective: in a thoughtful mood.
  4. careful, heedful, or mindful: to be thoughtful of one's safety.
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Origin of thoughtful

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at thought1, -ful
Related formsthought·ful·ly, adverbthought·ful·ness, nouno·ver·thought·ful, adjectiveo·ver·thought·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·thought·ful·ness, nounun·thought·ful, adjectiveun·thought·ful·ly, adverbun·thought·ful·ness, noun


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1. attentive, solicitous. 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.
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Examples from the Web for unthoughtful

Historical Examples

  • It is good for nothing else that I know of: strong; but unhelpful and unthoughtful.

    Modern Painters, Volume V (of 5)

    John Ruskin

  • Unthoughtful husbands do not always appreciate the magnitude of the duties which fall to the successful homemaker and homekeeper.

  • It is good for nothing else that I know of; strong, but unhelpful and unthoughtful.

  • If the rows on the ears of corn are irregular and broken, the planter is considered careless and unthoughtful.

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

    One of the 28th

    G. A. Henty

British Dictionary definitions for unthoughtful


  1. considerate in the treatment of other people
  2. showing careful thought
  3. pensive; reflective
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Derived Formsthoughtfully, adverbthoughtfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unthoughtful



c.1200, "contemplative," from thought + -ful. Also in Middle English, "prudent; moody, anxious." Meaning "showing consideration for others" is from 1851 (cf. thoughtless.) Related: Thoughtfully; thoughtfulness.

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