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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So everybody can be the adult at the table and engage in a thoughtful, deliberative way that is respectful of other people's viewpoints. Fox News, "Democrats' new rallying cry: 'Abolish ICE'," 30 June 2018 Not only does the Countess herself seem more thoughtful about her behavior, but so do all of the women around her., "The Most Awkward Parts Of The RHONY Speed Dating Adventure," 12 July 2018 Reinhart is quiet and thoughtful, carefully weighing her words before speaking and drawing out her syllables for emphasis. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lili Reinhart Is a Hollywood Ingenue with No Time for Haters," 2 July 2018 People are intelligent, thoughtful, driven, and truly care about each other and about driving results for our clients. Fortune, "Horizon Media," 26 June 2018 But the daddy thoughtful enough to nab Gene Kelly was the daddy that Kathleen Kennedy Townsend remembers. Mark Curnutte,, "He was Daddy: How his eldest daughter remembers Bobby Kennedy," 14 June 2018 Activists who worked with him use similar words in describing his character: sincere, thoughtful, dedicated, resilient. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Civil rights leader and longtime Louisville activist Tom Moffett dies," 31 May 2018 The Omen family will likely always have the traditional gamer aesthetic, but inching it more toward the Spectre family through thoughtful editing (without sacrificing performance, of course) can't hurt. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Omen 15 laptop gets Nvidia Max-Q graphics, sleeker design with slim bezels," 30 May 2018 In person, Bettany is thoughtful and forthright, alternating between statue-still, sphynx-like observations from behind tinted glasses and leaning-forward non-negotiable philosophies. Tom Philip, GQ, "Solo’s Paul Bettany Doesn’t Believe in Chemistry," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of thoughtful

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

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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 \

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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