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attentive

[uh-ten-tiv] /əˈtɛn tɪv/
adjective
1.
characterized by or giving attention; observant:
an attentive audience.
2.
thoughtful of others; considerate; polite; courteous:
an attentive host.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (Scots) < Middle French; see attent, -ive
Related forms
attentively, adverb
attentiveness, noun
overattentive, adjective
overattentively, adverb
overattentiveness, noun
unattentive, adjective
unattentively, adverb
unattentiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. heedful, mindful, aware, alert, awake, watchful.
Antonyms
1. indifferent, apathetic, unconcerned.
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British Dictionary definitions for overattentive

overattentive

/ˌəʊvərəˈtɛntɪv/
adjective
1.
excessively careful to fulfil the needs and wants (of)

attentive

/əˈtɛntɪv/
adjective
1.
paying attention; listening carefully; observant
2.
(postpositive) often foll by to. careful to fulfil the needs or wants (of); considerate (about): she was always attentive to his needs
Derived Forms
attentively, adverb
attentiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for overattentive

attentive

adj.

late 14c. (implied in attentively), from Old French attentif, from Vulgar Latin *attenditus, from Latin attentus "heedful, observant" (see attend). Sense of "actively ministering to the needs and wants" (of another person) is from early 16c. Related: Attentively.

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