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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In fact, thoughtful implementation can bolster students’ relationships with teachers, as well as with their peers, families and communities, by inviting learners to share their identities, curiosities and questions with others. Penny Bishop, The Conversation, "What is personalized learning and why is it so controversial? 5 questions answered," 5 July 2019 His upper-class style limits his ability to appeal to working-class Brexit supporters, while his fondness for donning the jester’s cap puts off thoughtful moderates. Boris Johnson, The Economist, "Boris Johnson, illusionist," 4 July 2019 Joan Didion, in her thoughtful tracing of disparate lives, proves a useful guide in examining the roots from which American civil life has decayed. Mary Spencer, National Review, "What Joan Didion Saw," 29 June 2019 Guarding against these requires thoughtful design choices for registration and authentication systems, sound governance and contingency planning, and regulations to protect privacy. Deepa Mahajan, Quartz, "The gig economy has an identity problem—and digital ID could fix it," 27 June 2019 Many thoughtful observers expected the trend to continue indefinitely. David Webber, The New York Review of Books, "Labor’s Last Hope?," 17 June 2019 Women are expected to remember birthdays, take pride in a tidy house, and generally be thoughtful. Isabelle O'carroll, Bon Appétit, "How Cooking Made Me See My ADHD as a Talent Instead of a Shame," 10 June 2019 Written communications could be more personal and thoughtful. Steve West, sun-sentinel.com, "Celebrating a milestone | Opinion," 14 June 2019 As for its letters page per se, overly male or not, the Times does a decent job of running missives that are thoughtful, cogent, and well expressed. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Fifty-Fifty Follies," 10 June 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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