at·​ten·​tive | \ ə-ˈten-tiv \

Definition of attentive

1 : mindful, observant attentive to what he is doing
2 : heedful of the comfort of others : solicitous an attentive waitress
3 : offering attentions in or as if in the role of a suitor an attentive boyfriend

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Other Words from attentive

attentively adverb
attentiveness noun

Examples of attentive in a Sentence

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

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Laird’s management style can be characterized as low-key and attentive to detail, including frequent visits to job sites. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Former Highway 99 tunnel chief named interim Seattle transportation director," 27 Aug. 2018 And our house is frequented by neighborhood kids who are no more attentive at the back door than our own children. C.j. Chivers, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Thing To Do When Your Dog Won't Stay," 24 Dec. 2018 As an earth sign, Taurus is very attentive to details, so regifting or offering them a cheap knockoff is an absolute no-no. Alice Bell, Vogue, "The Best Gifts for Every Astrological Sign on Your List," 26 Nov. 2018 Fortune Tesla Decisions Tesla developers proposed extra safeguards to ensure that drivers remain attentive, even when Autopilot is engaged, according to a The Wall Street Journal report that suggested the measures were rejected due to cost. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Oracle vs Google, Tesla Decisions, Gap Gaffe: CEO Daily for May 15, 2018," 15 May 2018 Long before the fatal crash of a Tesla car in March, some developers of the vehicle’s Autopilot system expressed concern there weren’t enough safeguards to ensure drivers remained attentive, people familiar with the discussions said. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Tesla Considered Adding Eye Tracking and Steering-Wheel Sensors to Autopilot System," 14 May 2018 Tesla says drivers should remain attentive and keep their hands on the wheel, by touching it at set intervals, so as not to become too dependent on the technology. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "NTSB ‘unhappy’ with Tesla release of investigative information in fatal crash," 1 Apr. 2018 That allows Smothered to see him as attentive and respectful by the numbers, and that in turn supports an argument for giving the guy a chance. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Boyfriend is annoyingly affectionate," 6 Aug. 2018 But attentive observers say nobody should count out Seth Moulton, a politician and Marine veteran of the Iraq War with a proven impatience for waiting one’s turn. Annie Linskey,, "Could there really be five Mass. politicians running against Trump in 2020?," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of attentive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for attentive

see attend

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English Language Learners Definition of attentive

: thinking about or watching something carefully : paying careful attention to something
: very concerned about the needs of others


at·​ten·​tive | \ ə-ˈten-tiv \

Kids Definition of attentive

1 : paying attention an attentive listener
2 : 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

Other Words from attentive

attentively adverb listened attentively
attentiveness noun

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