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[mahynd-fuh l] /ˈmaɪnd fəl/
attentive, aware, or careful (usually followed by of):
mindful of one's responsibilities.
Origin of mindful
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English mindeful. See mind, -ful
Related forms
mindfully, adverb
mindfulness, noun
heedful, thoughtful, regardful. Unabridged
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  • We must be mindful of the possibility of damage to the natural balance of the ecosystem.
  • In the dispute over busing, moreover, the white majority mindful of its own interests has proved to be both national and powerful.
  • Understanding these models means being mindful of their limitations.
  • They are mindful that they can do nothing to stop a military blockade.
  • Nationalism is so close to the surface that the government must be mindful about inflaming it with a public rebuke of its ally.
  • For one thing, reporters were mindful of their jobs.
  • Be mindful of what you say now so that you don't have to recant later.
  • Although agreement is not required by law, ministers are mindful of public concerns about safety.
  • No one speaks, in keeping with a key principle of mindful eating.
  • The participating doctors became more mindful, less burned out and less emotionally exhausted.
British Dictionary definitions for mindful


usually postpositive and foll by of. keeping aware; heedful: mindful of your duties
Derived Forms
mindfully, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mindful

mid-14c., from mind (n.) + -ful. Related: Mindfully; mindfulness. Old English myndful meant "of good memory." Old English also had myndig (adj.) "mindful, recollecting; thoughtful," which if it had lived might have yielded a modern *mindy.

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