thoughtful

adjective
thought·ful | \ ˈthȯt-fəl \

Definition of thoughtful 

1a : absorbed in thought : meditative

b : characterized by careful reasoned thinking a thoughtful essay

2a : 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

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Other words from thoughtful

thoughtfully \ˈthȯt-fə-lē \ adverb
thoughtfulness noun

Examples of thoughtful in a Sentence

She looked at me with a thoughtful expression. He looked thoughtful for a moment. Her husband is always thoughtful. That's very thoughtful of you.
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This is the argument of the Ethics and Public Policy Center's Henry Olsen, one of the most thoughtful political analysts on the right. Michael Gerson, Anchorage Daily News, "Trumpism can’t be treated as a normal political moment," 1 Apr. 2018 Buy a thoughtful gift Cohn says that her eating disorder patients draw meaning from gifts themed around reflection and healing. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "9 Ways to Help a Friend With an Eating Disorder," 28 Feb. 2018 At turns violent and thoughtful, grim and poignant, In Bruges captures the voice of McDonagh’s lauded plays better than any of his other film work. Richard Lawson, HWD, "What’s New on Netflix in June," 24 May 2018 Kavanaugh, a bright, thoughtful and richly qualified candidate starts with the presumption that every Republican will sign on to his nomination, which probably means that four or five Democrats from red states will get aboard as well. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems face big loss, big opportunity with Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 In the meantime, new details about the very Taurus baby have emerged, including information about a very thoughtful and expensive from present his uncle, Prince Harry. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Sweet (and Fancy) Gift Prince Harry Bought His New Nephew, Prince Louis," 9 July 2018 As Rosalind, Pereyra is too emphatic and pushes too hard for a character who should register as not only madly in love but also thoughtful and wary regarding love’s limitations. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "American Players Theatre's comedy 'As You Like It' makes every word count," 19 June 2018 Sure, thoughtful people didn’t litter, and your mom always instructed you to find a garbage can. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: Any excuse given for littering is garbage," 6 July 2018 Emotions run high in family court, and even the most thoughtful decisions can leave families in emotional disarray.’’ Emons was the subject of a highly unusual lobbying campaign against her. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Legislature Rejects Judge Jane Emons Without A Vote," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of thoughtful

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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thoughtful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of thoughtful

: serious and quiet because you are thinking

: done or made after careful thinking

: showing concern for the needs or feelings of other people

thoughtful

adjective
thought·ful | \ ˈthȯt-fəl \

Kids Definition of thoughtful

1 : considerate of others

2 : deep in thought

3 : showing careful thinking a thoughtful essay

Other words from thoughtful

thoughtfully \-fə-lē \ adverb
thoughtfulness noun

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