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əˈtɛn tɪvat·ten·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. attentiveadjective

    (often followed by `to') giving care or attention

    "attentive to details"; "the nurse was attentive to her patient"; "an attentive suitor"

  2. heedful, attentive, thoughtful, paying attentionadjective

    taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention

    "heedful of the warnings"; "so heedful a writer"; "heedful of what they were doing"


  1. attentiveadjective

    paying attention; noticing, watching, listening, or attending closely

    She is an attentive listener, but does not like to talk much.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Attentiveadjective

    Heedful; regardful; full of attention.

    Etymology: from attent.

    Being moved with these and the like your effectual discourses, whereunto we gave most attentive ear, till they entered even unto our souls. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    I’m never merry when I hear sweet musick.
    —— The reason is, your spirits are attentive. William Shakespeare, M. of Venice.

    I saw most of them attentive to three Sirens, distinguished by the names of Sloth, Ignorance, and Pleasure. Tatler, №. 81.

    A critick is a man who, on all occasions, is more attentive to what is wanting than what is present. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

    Musick’s force can tame the furious beast;
    Can make the wolf, or foaming boar, restrain
    His rage; the lion drop his crested main,
    Attentive to the song. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attentiveadjective

    heedful; intent; observant; regarding with care or attention

  2. Attentiveadjective

    heedful of the comfort of others; courteous

Editors Contribution

  1. attentive

    To give attention.

    They were attentive to each others needs and loved each other with the depth of their soul.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attentive in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attentive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of attentive in a Sentence

  1. Mayada Elsabbagh:

    The idea is that in autism, very subtle, atypical behaviors of the infant may cause them to be less sensitive and attentive to those social signals from their mothers, in turn, mothers are not able to maintain synchrony in the interaction.

  2. Jody Freeman:

    I think the court is attentive to business, it is striking that the industry that is the one to be regulated is not the petitioner.

  3. Phillip McGraw:

    Facial expression, body language and reactions to different questions or subject matters are all available for an attentive virtual therapist.

  4. Joe Norman:

    Its always exciting to welcome a newborn and Tiana is proving to be a fantastic mother and is very attentive towards her baby, holding it close and grooming it, we will be keeping an eye on the pair over the coming weeks but the infant appears strong and healthy and has been seen feeding well.

  5. Katie Greer:

    With that, acronyms can be used by kids to hide certain parts of their conversations from attentive parents, acronyms used for this purpose could potentially raise some red flags for parents.

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    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
    • A. fluster
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