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[thawt-fuh l] /ˈθɔt fəl/
showing consideration for others; considerate.
characterized by or manifesting careful thought:
a thoughtful essay.
occupied with or given to thought; contemplative; meditative; reflective:
in a thoughtful mood.
careful, heedful, or mindful:
to be thoughtful of one's safety.
1150-1200; Middle English; see thought1, -ful
Related forms
thoughtfully, adverb
thoughtfulness, noun
overthoughtful, adjective
overthoughtfully, adverb
overthoughtfulness, noun
unthoughtful, adjective
unthoughtfully, adverb
unthoughtfulness, noun
1. attentive, solicitous. Thoughtful, considerate mean taking thought for the comfort and the good of others. Thoughtful implies providing little attentions, offering services, or in some way looking out for the comfort or welfare of others: It was thoughtful of you to send the flowers. Considerate implies sparing others annoyance or discomfort, and being careful not to hurt their feelings: not considerate of his family. Unabridged
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  • Two sets of windows add balanced daylight, and thoughtfully placed downlights accent the room at night.
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  • Thank you for a thoughtfully reasoned and carefully stated presentation.
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  • Relaxing on a couch left thoughtfully for tired travelers.
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  • These colors can make or break a photograph, so use them thoughtfully.
  • Store snacks and cell phones in thoughtfully placed zip-closed pockets.
  • She looked at him thoughtfully, and turned back to the divan.
British Dictionary definitions for thoughtfully


considerate in the treatment of other people
showing careful thought
pensive; reflective
Derived Forms
thoughtfully, adverb
thoughtfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for thoughtfully



c.1200, "contemplative," from thought + -ful. Also in Middle English, "prudent; moody, anxious." Meaning "showing consideration for others" is from 1851 (cf. thoughtless.) Related: Thoughtfully; thoughtfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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