What does thoughtful mean?

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ˈθɔt fəlthought·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thoughtfuladjective

    having intellectual depth

    "a deeply thoughtful essay"

  2. thoughtfuladjective

    exhibiting or characterized by careful thought

    "a thoughtful paper"

  3. thoughtful, serious-mindedadjective

    acting with or showing thought and good sense

    "a sensible young man"

  4. 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"

  5. thoughtfuladjective

    considerate of the feelings or well-being of others


  1. thoughtfuladjective

    Demonstrating thought or careful consideration.

    Most thoughtful people eventually solve the puzzle.

  2. thoughtfuladjective

    Demonstrating kindness or consideration for others.

    Preparing dinner is a thoughtful gesture for a new mother.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thoughtfuladjective

    Etymology: thought and full.

    On these he mus’d within his thoughtful mind,
    And then resolv’d what Faunus had divin’d. Dryden.

    Thoughtful of thy gain, I all the live-long day
    Consume in meditation deep. Phillips.

    Unspotted long with human blood:
    War, horrid war, your thoughtful walks invades,
    And steel now glitters in the muses shades. Alexander Pope.

    In awful pomp, and melancholy state,
    See settled reason on the judgment-seat;
    Around her croud distrust, and doubt and fear,
    And thoughtful foresight, and tormenting care. Matthew Prior.


  1. thoughtful

    Thoughtful is defined as being considerate about the needs or feelings of others, showing careful consideration or attention, or exhibiting deep or serious thought. It involves being reflective, contemplative, and showing empathy towards others. Thoughtful actions are often characterized by mindfulness or deliberation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thoughtfuladjective

    full of thought; employed in meditation; contemplative; as, a man of thoughtful mind

  2. Thoughtfuladjective

    attentive; careful; exercising the judgment; having the mind directed to an object; as, thoughtful of gain; thoughtful in seeking truth

  3. Thoughtfuladjective

    anxious; solicitous; concerned

Editors Contribution

  1. thoughtful

    Characterized by loving and rational thought.

    He is so thoughtful, he knows his fiance is focused on a project and knows their marriage is important to them both.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 15, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thoughtful in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thoughtful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of thoughtful in a Sentence

  1. Debbie Haskins:

    As a grass roots organization we are committed to keeping our youth, our roadways, and public safe. Whenever a state looks at changing its culture by legalizing a drug, we need to think about the societal costs. VT will hopefully have a spirited discussion in 2015 that we hope will bring science, research and thoughtful discourse to a complicated topic, we hope that VT’ers care enough to have this discussion based on science, rather than emotion or for money.

  2. John Sylvia:

    We were disappointed that with two members dissenting, the commission disregarded Chief Judge Murray's thoughtful analysis and ignored the great weight of the evidence in reversing on a single issue.

  3. John Douglas:

    One of the take-aways from this is that the plague is still around and people need to be thoughtful about the diagnosis process, we caught this because someone asked a thoughtful scientific question.

  4. Omar Khayyám:

    The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.

  5. John Lancaster Spalding:

    The doubt of an earnest, thoughtful, patient and laborious mind is worthy of respect. In such doubt may be found indeed more faith than in half the creeds.

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