attentive Definition

  • 1paying close attention to something or someone
  • 2thoughtful of the needs of others; considerate

Using attentive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "attentive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The teacher was very attentive to the students' needs.

  • Example

    He was an attentive listener during our conversation.

  • Example

    She gave an attentive look at the painting, noticing every detail.

attentive Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for attentive

Phrases with attentive

  • to give one's full attention to something


    You should pay attentive to the road while driving.

  • careful and considerate attention given to someone or something


    The patient received attentive care from the nurses.

  • service that is careful and considerate of the customer's needs


    The restaurant is known for its attentive service.

Origins of attentive

from Old French 'atentif', from Latin 'attentivus', from 'attendere', meaning 'give heed to'


Summary: attentive in Brief

'Attentive' [əˈtɛntɪv] means paying close attention to something or someone, and being thoughtful of the needs of others. It is often used to describe people who are alert, observant, and watchful, as well as those who are mindful and heedful. Phrases like 'pay attentive to' and 'attentive care' use 'attentive' to denote careful and considerate attention given to something or someone.

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