thoughtful

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adjective thought·ful \ ˈthȯt-fəl \

Definition of thoughtful

1 a :absorbed in thought :meditative
b :characterized by careful reasoned thinking
  • a thoughtful essay
2 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

thoughtfully

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thoughtfulness

noun

Examples of thoughtful in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of thoughtful

13th century


THOUGHTFUL Defined for English Language Learners

thoughtful

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adjective

Definition of thoughtful for English Language Learners

  • : serious and quiet because you are thinking

  • : done or made after careful thinking

  • : showing concern for the needs or feelings of other people


THOUGHTFUL Defined for Kids

thoughtful

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adjective thought·ful \ ˈthȯt-fəl \

Definition of thoughtful for Students

1 :considerate of others
2 :deep in thought
3 :showing careful thinking
  • a thoughtful essay

thoughtfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb

thoughtfulness

noun


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