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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Yes, covering some of the costs of some of the guests would be thoughtful and generous. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Sexting situation unsettles spouse," 17 Sep. 2019 Yes, covering some of the costs of some of the guests would be thoughtful and generous. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Sexting situation unsettles spouse," 17 Sep. 2019 To accompany, sommelier Andrew Kemp’s wines are thoughtful and fun. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "The Share Plate I Can’t Share in Traverse City, Michigan," 29 Aug. 2019 The result is a feast of thoughtful, genuine dialogue among people who might not otherwise engage with one another. Jamil Zaki, Scientific American, "The Technology of Kindness," 6 Aug. 2019 His thoughtful presence carried significant weight in any meeting. Brandon R. Brown, Smithsonian, "Apollo Engineers Discuss What It Took to Land on the Moon," 12 July 2019 Displaying items in an organized and thoughtful way gives the impression of higher price and value. Kara Stevens, Essence, "4 Money Moves to Make Before Your #HotGirlSummer Comes To A Close," 29 Aug. 2019 His work is brash, powerful, spiritual, humorous, playful and thoughtful. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Scandia artist Jim Denomie is 2019 McKnight Distinguished Artist — though he was once advised against art as a career," 29 Aug. 2019 But if Josh Hawley seems too smooth, too educated, and too thoughtful to worry about, well, that is precisely what makes him worth worrying about. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "Is Josh Hawley For Real?," 25 July 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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