What does attentive mean?

attentive meaning in General Dictionary

Heedful intent observant regarding carefully or interest

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  • using heed; offering close and thoughtful attention
  • (frequently followed by `to') offering treatment or attention
  • Heedful; intent; watchful; regarding properly or interest.
  • Heedful associated with the convenience of other individuals; courteous.

attentive meaning in Etymology Dictionary

late 14c. (implied in attentively), from Old French attentif, from Vulgar Latin *attenditus, from Latin attentus "heedful, observant" (see attend). Sense of "actively ministering toward needs and wants" (of some other person) is from very early 16c. Associated: Attentively.


attentive meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Heedful; intention; observant; regarding carefully or interest.

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  • (a.) Heedful for the convenience of other individuals; courteous.

Sentence Examples with the word attentive

Before they are confined to their nests, it is wonderful with what devotion the females are attended by their gay followers, who seem to be each trying to be more attentive than the rest.

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