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thoughtful

[thawt-fuh l] /ˈθɔt fəl/
adjective
1.
showing consideration for others; considerate.
2.
characterized by or manifesting careful thought:
a thoughtful essay.
3.
occupied with or given to thought; contemplative; meditative; reflective:
in a thoughtful mood.
4.
careful, heedful, or mindful:
to be thoughtful of one's safety.
Origin
1150-1200
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
Synonyms
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for un thoughtful

thoughtful

/ˈθɔːtfʊl/
adjective
1.
considerate in the treatment of other people
2.
showing careful thought
3.
pensive; reflective
Derived Forms
thoughtfully, adverb
thoughtfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for un thoughtful

thoughtful

adj.

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.

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