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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Recent Examples on the Web After nearly a decade, Pesci returned with the most thoughtful, restrained performance of his career. Washington Post, "The glorious, quiet return of Joe Pesci," 30 Nov. 2019 Taken together, the culmination of this decades trends point to a more thoughtful design future. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "What Design Trends Defined This Decade?," 27 Nov. 2019 At the time, Johansson inevitably dropped out of the role and issued a much more thoughtful reply. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Scarlett Johansson admits she 'mishandled' the Rub & Tug casting controversy," 26 Nov. 2019 As the routine of snapping and sharing becomes as habitual as rinse and repeat, others urge us to become more thoughtful with our travel photography. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Complete Guide to Travel Photography," 19 Nov. 2019 Board members, notably Steve Marchese, who followed through on a 2018 threat by voting against budget adoption in June, repeatedly have called for a more thoughtful process. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "‘How budgets are supposed to be made.’ St. Paul schools to examine 90 programs, evict those that don’t work," 18 Nov. 2019 But investors who emphasize societal impact over profit say big firms like Bain Capital are helping shift the conversation toward more thoughtful investing. BostonGlobe.com, "Deval Patrick worked at Bain Capital, a one-time Democratic target. How will voters respond now? - The Boston Globe," 15 Nov. 2019 The most thoughtful answer to the claim that Trump was simply trying to combat corruption in Ukraine came from Kent. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Jim Jordan Tries to Recast Trump as the Hero of the Ukraine Scandal," 14 Nov. 2019 Kay Sargent, director of HOK’s workplace practice, emphasizes the need for more thoughtful use of color in office environments. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "Does the color of your office walls promote neurodiversity?," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of thoughtful

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

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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Thoughtful.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thoughtfully. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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