adjective at·ten·tive \ə-ˈten-tiv\

: thinking about or watching something carefully : paying careful attention to something

: very concerned about the needs of others

Full Definition of ATTENTIVE

:  mindful, observant <attentive to what he is doing>
:  heedful of the comfort of others :  solicitous <an attentive waitress>
:  offering attentions in or as if in the role of a suitor
at·ten·tive·ly adverb
at·ten·tive·ness noun

Examples of ATTENTIVE

  1. The hospital is proud of its attentive staff.
  2. Our waiter was very attentive.

First Known Use of ATTENTIVE

14th century
ATTENTIVE Defined for Kids


adjective at·ten·tive \ə-ˈten-tiv\

Definition of ATTENTIVE for Kids

:  paying attention <an attentive listener>
:  very thoughtful about the needs of others <Mama was cordial and attentive to everyone, as if entertaining them gave her a purpose. — Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising>
at·ten·tive·ly adverb <listened attentively>
at·ten·tive·ness noun


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