attentive

[uh-ten-tiv]
adjective
1.
characterized by or giving attention; observant: an attentive audience.
2.
thoughtful of others; considerate; polite; courteous: an attentive host.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English (Scots) < Middle French; see attent, -ive

attentively, adverb
attentiveness, noun
overattentive, adjective
overattentively, adverb
overattentiveness, noun
unattentive, adjective
unattentively, adverb
unattentiveness, noun


1. heedful, mindful, aware, alert, awake, watchful.


1. indifferent, apathetic, unconcerned.
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attentive (əˈtɛntɪv)
 
adj (often foll by to)
1.  paying attention; listening carefully; observant
2.  careful to fulfil the needs or wants (of); considerate (about): she was always attentive to his needs
 
at'tentively
 
adv
 
at'tentiveness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

attentive
late 14c., from Fr. attentif, from V.L. *attenditus, from L. attentus "heedful, observant" (see attend). Sense of "actively ministering to the needs and wants" (of another person) is from c.1520.
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Example sentences
The staff was pleasant and attentive.
To everyone's credit, it was one of the more attentive and polite matinee
  crowds I've encountered lately.
Playing and concentrating on medals can make a player be way more attentive in
  a match and can really benefit the team in the end.
He's charming and attentive, observant and clever — without ever seeming
  to try.
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