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 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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This gives Idahoans a chance to build their communities in more thoughtful ways. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Night shift: Animals are retreating into the darkness out of fear of humans," 28 June 2018 The congresswoman from the Bronx has delivered both thoughtful responses and roasts of Mitch McConnell in response to Republican efforts. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Jr. Prompted an "AOC Sucks!" Chant at President Donald Trump's Michigan Rally," 29 Mar. 2019 For the Bedford lifestyle, which is based on Martha's primary residence, expect to see a thoughtful curation of comfortable decor that embraces a neutral color palette, where the outdoors blends with the indoors, and function is as valuable as form. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "You Can Now Live Like Martha Stewart With Her New Lifestyle Lines," 21 Mar. 2019 This can be accomplished, by and large, through thoughtful design. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Build a Budget-Friendly at-Home Gym With These Tips From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 18 Nov. 2018 Bottom line: The Mockingbird is a good investment for a well-priced, premium quality stroller with thoughtful details. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Mockingbird Is a New Direct-to-Consumer Brand for Strollers, and We're Obsessed," 18 Mar. 2019 Remaining nonplussed in the face of extreme bodily risk is all in a day’s work for Vikander, who has made a career out of shape-shifting seamlessly into radically strong female characters in thoughtful indie films and commercial blockbusters alike. Harper's BAZAAR, "Alicia Vikander Leaps to New Heights—in Life and Fashion," 13 Mar. 2019 One of them, Connor, even brought her a stool (kind of thoughtful! Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "All Hannah B's 'Bachelorette' Contestants Have Been Announced," 13 Mar. 2019 These are serious arguments that deserve a thoughtful response in a book about the assault on expertise. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics: The Government We ‘Like’," 22 Feb. 2019

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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 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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