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 But Beforeigners eschews the supernatural, and the campier teen soap elements, to deliver a thoughtful, moving, and often ribald and funny tale of various worlds colliding. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2020: Our favorite shows and binges in a year of living distantly," 26 Dec. 2020 The most thoughtful culinary and food gifts, below. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "33 Gifts for the Gourmand in Your Life," 26 Nov. 2020 This is an engaging, thoughtful, and provocative book by a master storyteller. Terry W. Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, "Remember ‘My Dinner with Andre’? He has more wisdom to bestow.," 18 Dec. 2020 The nation's first African American president comes across as thoughtful, reflective and genuinely pleased with his accomplishments, while remaining humble, self-examining and critical, not only of his presidency but of his entire life. Cleveland Spears Iii, NOLA.com, "Obama memoir, 'A Promised Land,' delivers insight into challenges of groundbreaking presidency," 17 Dec. 2020 Arjona, Blanco is thoughtful and witty, full of phrases to be discovered and savored. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Latin Albums of 2020: Staff Picks," 16 Dec. 2020 Their respondents were enthusiastic, thoughtful, and, being sociologists, skillful. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Duelling Realities of the Coronavirus in Russia," 2 Dec. 2020 She was admired and known to many as a thoughtful, thorough and well-organized administrator and educator. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Mary L. Smith, first woman to serve as Kentucky State University president, dies," 30 Nov. 2020 In a small space, be thoughtful about where to make your mark. Lindsey Ramsey, House Beautiful, "The Designer’s Guide to Pivoting," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of thoughtful

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

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16 Jan 2021

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“Thoughtful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thoughtful. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for thoughtful

thoughtful

adjective
How to pronounce thoughtful (audio)

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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