adjective thought·ful \ˈtht-fəl\

: serious and quiet because you are thinking

: done or made after careful thinking

: showing concern for the needs or feelings of other people

Full Definition of THOUGHTFUL

a :  absorbed in thought :  meditative
b :  characterized by careful reasoned thinking <a thoughtful essay>
a :  having thoughts :  heedful <became thoughtful about religion>
b :  given to or chosen or made with heedful anticipation of the needs and wants of others <a kind and thoughtful friend>
thought·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
thought·ful·ness noun

Examples of THOUGHTFUL

  1. She looked at me with a thoughtful expression.
  2. He looked thoughtful for a moment.
  3. Her husband is always thoughtful.
  4. That's very thoughtful of you.

First Known Use of THOUGHTFUL

13th century
THOUGHTFUL Defined for Kids


adjective thought·ful \ˈtht-fəl\

Definition of THOUGHTFUL for Kids

:  considerate of others
:  deep in thought
:  showing careful thinking <a thoughtful essay>
thought·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
thought·ful·ness noun


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