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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.


  1. attentive

    Attentive refers to the quality of being alert, observant, and careful to give focused consideration or closely aware of something or someone. It includes being conscientious or mindful about the details and being considerate towards the needs or feelings of others.

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. Richard Clarida:

    We are going to be very attentive to what we are seeing in the nexus between wages, productivity, prices and markups.

  2. Deborah Birx:

    Hes been so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and the data, i think his ability to analyze and integrate data that comes out of his long history in business has really been a real benefit during these discussions about medical issues.

  3. Evgeny Buzhinsky:

    Regarding the possible impact ofthis incident onthe further developments ofthe operation inSyria, I think that fromnow on, our pilots will be more attentive and if the Turks continue behaving insuch a manner, Russia will have toresort toelectronic jamming and other warfare equipment, including special aircraft withspecial equipment onboard, inorder toprotect our pilots frombeing stricken withmissiles.

  4. Phillip McGraw:

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

  5. Fed Chair Janet Yellen:

    We need to be attentive to the possibility that when New York Fed decides it's time to begin raising rates, these term premiums could move up and we could see a sharp jump in long-term rates.

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    repetition of the ends of two or more successive sentences, verses, etc.
    A maculation
    B epiphora
    C impounding
    D scalawag

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