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

Other Words from thoughtful

thoughtfully \ ˈthȯt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce thoughtful (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Gannon suggests going for a forest green sofa, for example, and tying in softer hues, as well as a few patterned pillows, to keep it from being overwhelming. Be thoughtful with paint. Sarah Lyon, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 Twitter implemented a hiring freeze in early May, and Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal also announced pullbacks in marketing and corporate travel, and asked employees to be more thoughtful with their spending. Kurt Wagner, Fortune, 27 July 2022 Lisa, the city seems like it’s just taking its time and being thoughtful. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 20 July 2022 While a smaller outdoor space, every aspect is thoughtful. Grace Gallagher, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 July 2022 Even an affordable present can still be thoughtful. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 6 July 2022 When the number of dismissals is close to hundreds or thousands of employees, leaders need to be thoughtful in their approach. Evgenia Pavlova, Forbes, 27 May 2022 If a glass of cold water is a text message, then a hot pot of tea is a thoughtful voice note. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Singapore’s regulators are being thoughtful about the crypto industry. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 16 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of thoughtful

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

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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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