thought·​ful | \ ˈthȯt-fəl How to pronounce thoughtful (audio) \

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 How to pronounce thoughtfully (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The thoughtful layout also provides Esti with separate zones for meat and dairy utensil storage and food preparation. Lisa Mowry, Better Homes & Gardens, "Lush Backyard Views Inspired the Calming Green Color Scheme in This Traditional Kitchen," 29 June 2020 Monteil said that people should not fear slowing down a project, so that consultation, documentation and mitigation can be conducted in a thoughtful way. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Tribes' human remains and cultural items have been scattered across the U.S. Here's how they get returned," 27 June 2020 Several other speakers provided thoughtful insights. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Large crowd attends peaceful Berea for Justice candlelight vigil (photos)," 27 June 2020 The construction is thoughtful, beautiful and as rewarding as any of the beefy alternatives around town. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Order from these three restaurants, and watch vegetables steal the show," 26 June 2020 Reviewers praise Crane & Canopy’s inclusion of thoughtful details like this, along with its commitment to using quality materials and its range of designs to suit any aesthetic. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "Luxury linens that are worth the price," 25 June 2020 The sophomore years of Lodge 49 (R.I.P.!) and Ramy balanced thoughtful spirituality with laugh-out-loud whimsy. Kristen Baldwin,, "Emmys 2020: Who should be nominated," 22 June 2020 Musk’s first tweet, thoughtful and well received, now seemed like a misleading and perfunctory gesture. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Elon Musk’s Lesson in How Not to Celebrate Diversity," 21 June 2020 Or be the other good kind of person in a conversation: the thoughtful listener. Polly Campbell,, "How to have better dinner table conversations, from someone who's done it for a living," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of thoughtful

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

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“Thoughtful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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


thought·​ful | \ ˈthȯt-fəl How to pronounce thoughtful (audio) \

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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