thoughtful

adjective
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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The cast is diverse (Rodrigo’s heritage is partly Filipino), and just about every character is thoughtful and sweet, at least most of the time. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Irvine was more thoughtful in his defense of the film. Nick Romano, EW.com, 27 May 2021 The teen thriller sets up nuanced and thoughtful representations of womanhood, growing up, and the horrors of being a teenage girl in a way that feels rare for any television show, let alone one on the usually family friendly Freeform. Rosie Knight, refinery29.com, 26 May 2021 But the most dedicated disabled advocates tend to be pretty nuanced and thoughtful about when and how to call out ableism. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 19 May 2021 And as more people communicate and work together in a thoughtful and collaborative way on the issue, then the stigma will start to fade. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 19 May 2021 The Empire’s newest member added that players tend to be more thoughtful and constructive with feedback, and that communicating in the game without a delay eliminates online obstacles. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 10 May 2021 There are several impressive, full-dress biographies of Hitchcock, but Edward White’s thoughtful and nuanced book takes a different approach. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 Host Alex Elle sits down one-on-one with creative women for thoughtful, intimate conversations that pull back the hectic, consumerist layer that pushes down on us most days. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of thoughtful

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

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“Thoughtful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thoughtful. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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