- Attentive At*ten"tive ([a^]t*t[e^]n"t[i^]v), a. [Cf. F.
1. Heedful; intent; observant; regarding with care or
Note: Attentive is applied to the senses of hearing and seeing, as, an attentive ear or eye; to the application of the mind, as in contemplation; or to the application of the mind, in every possible sense, as when a person is attentive to the words, and to the manner and matter, of a speaker at the same time. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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attentive — [adj1] concentrating alert, all ears*, awake, aware, conscientious, enrapt, enthralled, fascinated, glued, hanging on every word*, heedful, hooked, immersed, intent, interested, listening, mindful, observant, on one’s toes*, on the ball*, on the… … New thesaurus
attentive — [ə ten′tiv] adj. [ME & OFr attentif < ML attentivus: see ATTEND] 1. paying attention; observant 2. considerate, courteous, devoted, etc. [an attentive husband] SYN. THOUGHTFUL attentively adv. attentiveness n … English World dictionary
attentive — index alert (vigilant), careful, circumspect, close (rigorous), conscientious, conscious (aware … Law dictionary
attentive — late 14c. (implied in attentively), from O.Fr. attentif, from V.L. *attenditus, from L. attentus heedful, observant (see ATTEND (Cf. attend)). Sense of actively ministering to the needs and wants (of another person) is from early 16c. Related:… … Etymology dictionary
attentive — *thoughtful, considerate Analogous words: courteous, polite, gallant, chivalrous, *civil: solicitous, concerned (see under CARE n) Antonyms: inattentive: neglectful Contrasted words: *indifferent, un concerned, aloof: *negligent, remiss: heedless … New Dictionary of Synonyms
attentive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) paying close attention. 2) considerately attending to the comfort or wishes of others. DERIVATIVES attentively adverb attentiveness noun … English terms dictionary
attentive — [[t]əte̱ntɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you are attentive, you are paying close attention what is being said or done. The vast majority of the attentive audience applauded these sentiments... He wishes the government would be more attentive to detail… … English dictionary
attentive — ● attentif, attentive adjectif (latin attentus) Qui prête une attention soutenue ; qui dénote de l attention : Prendre la parole devant un auditoire attentif. Un regard attentif. Qui veille soigneusement à quelque chose : Soyez attentif à chacun… … Encyclopédie Universelle
attentive — adj. attentive to (attentive to our needs) * * * [ə tentɪv] attentive to (attentive to our needs) … Combinatory dictionary
attentive — at|ten|tive [ ə tentıv ] adjective 1. ) listening to or watching something carefully: Jurors were attentive, taking notes during her testimony. 2. ) behaving in a way that shows you care about someone and are willing to help them: Service at this … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English