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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Several years ago, director Yaron Zilberman made A Late Quartet, a thoughtful film about the disbanding of a distinguished string quartet, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken and Mark Ivanir. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Incitement': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 At Hiroki, endlessly thoughtful design sets the stage for a sushi master. Fortune, "Philadelphia’s Swank New Omakase Restaurant Is Elevated in Every Aspect," 8 Sep. 2019 The idea, Campbell said, was to present in a thoughtful, adult way something that had been part of a fringe culture and officially graduate it into the luxury world. Edvard Pettersson, chicagotribune.com, "This is how you sell pot paraphernalia to rich people," 6 Sep. 2019 Black graciously obliges with thoughtful quotes, but recently delivered one of his better ones. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Nolan Arenado has a shot at career year, despite Rockies’ struggles," 5 Sep. 2019 Three-Year-Old Boy Without Hands Or Legs Is Still The Best Big Brother What a sweet, thoughtful gesture and example this young South Carolina boy set for us all. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Six-Year-Old South Carolina Boy Uses Savings for Disney World to Help Hurricane Dorian Evacuees," 4 Sep. 2019 Tonally, Don't Let Go has much in common with Fast Color, another thoughtful, understated gem of a film released earlier this year, starring English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Part sci-fi thriller, part crime drama, Don’t Let Go is an understated gem," 31 Aug. 2019 Different methodologies yield different answers, as Cato’s Emily Ekins explained in a thoughtful 2017 review of polling data. John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019 In the living room are stacks of coffee-table books and a thoughtful selection of novels chosen by independent store Books & Company, best flicked through in the rattan armchair. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "These 6 European Apartments Are Basically Private Design Hotels," 23 Aug. 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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