adjective Date: 13th century 1. a. absorbed in thought ; meditative b. characterized by careful reasoned thinking <
a thoughtful essay
2. a. 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
thoughtfully adverbthoughtfulness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • thoughtful — [thôt′fəl] adj. 1. full of thought; meditative; thinking 2. showing or characterized by thought; serious [a thoughtful essay] 3. heedful, careful, attentive, etc.; esp., considerate of others; kind thoughtfully adv. thoughtfulness n. SYN.… …   English World dictionary

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  • thoughtful — index benevolent, careful, circumspect, cogitative, deliberate, discreet, discriminating (judicious) …   Law dictionary

  • thoughtful — c.1200, contemplative, from THOUGHT (Cf. thought) + FUL (Cf. ful). Also in M.E., prudent; moody, anxious. Meaning showing consideration for others is from 1851 (Cf. THOUGHTLESS (Cf. thoughtless).) Related: Thoughtfully; thoughtfulness …   Etymology dictionary

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  • thoughtful — [[t]θɔ͟ːtfʊl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you are thoughtful, you are quiet and serious because you are thinking about something. Nancy, who had been thoughtful for some time, suddenly spoke... He was looking very thoughtful... She had a thoughtful… …   English dictionary

  • thoughtful — thoughtfully, adv. thoughtfulness, n. /thawt feuhl/, adj. 1. showing consideration for others; considerate. 2. characterized by or manifesting careful thought: a thoughtful essay. 3. occupied with or given to thought; contemplative; meditative;… …   Universalium

  • thoughtful — adj. 1) thoughtful about 2) thoughtful to + inf. (it was thoughtful of her to do that) * * * [ θɔːtf(ə)l] thoughtful about thoughtful to + inf. (it was thoughtful of her to do that) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • thoughtful — thought|ful [ˈθo:tfəl US ˈθo:t ] adj 1.) always thinking of the things you can do to make people happy or comfortable ≠ ↑thoughtless ▪ Paul is very thoughtful. it is thoughtful of sb to do sth ▪ It was really thoughtful of you to remember my… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thoughtful — thought|ful [ θɔtfəl ] adjective * 1. ) kind and showing that you consider that what other people want or need is important: Caroline is such a thoughtful young woman. I brought you some tea. That s very thoughtful of you. 2. ) thinking seriously …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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