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 The irony and irreverence of all those seasons dancing on the lip of a volcano in cake topper gowns has given way to something more thoughtful and realistic this season. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "8 Essential Trends From Fashion Week’s Spring 2021 Season," 13 Oct. 2020 This unit from BioBidet is the ultimate upgrade for any traditional toilet, packing style, comfort, and thoughtful features into a design that just works. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best bidets money can buy," 12 Oct. 2020 Show them some love today by spending a little on a thoughtful gift to say thank you. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for October 11, 2020," 11 Oct. 2020 Luckily, Public Village’s cooking is worthy of quiet reverence and thoughtful contemplation. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Spicy Noodles and Gossip at Public Village," 9 Oct. 2020 Based upon the city strategy, essential services should be determined by a thoughtful, future facing approach. Alex Golden, Arkansas Online, "Two compete for Rogers City Council spot," 17 Sep. 2020 There is Tic’s uncle George (Courtney B. Vance), a thoughtful family man with a Green Book-esque side hustle. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Lovecraft Country Series Premiere Recap: Here Be Monsters," 19 Aug. 2020 His thoughtful approach holds out the promise of building common ground. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Fifth District endorsement: Melton-Meaux, for integrity and progress," 5 Aug. 2020 Throughout the crisis, Chesky continued to hone the thoughtful, almost studious approach to leadership that led Fortune to first profile him back in 2015. Alan Murray, Fortune, "As COVID-19 reinvents the vacation, Airbnb is bouncing back," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of thoughtful

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

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18 Oct 2020

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“Thoughtful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thoughtful. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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