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 Dictionary entry overview: What does attentive mean? 

ATTENTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective ATTENTIVE has 2 senses:

1. (often followed by 'to') giving care or attention
2. taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention

  Familiarity information: ATTENTIVE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ATTENTIVE (adjective)

Sense 1attentive [BACK TO TOP]


(often followed by 'to') giving care or attention

Context examples:

attentive to details / the nurse was attentive to her patient / an attentive suitor


absorbed; captive; engrossed; enwrapped; intent; wrapped (giving or marked by complete attention to)

advertent; heedful (giving attention)

observant (paying close attention especially to details)

oversolicitous (excessively solicitous)

solicitous (showing hovering attentiveness)


concerned (feeling or showing worry or solicitude)


attention (a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review)


inattentive (showing a lack of attention or care)

Sense 2attentive [BACK TO TOP]


Taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention


heedful; paying attention; attentive; thoughtful

Context examples:

heedful of the warnings / so heedful a writer / heedful of what they were doing


attentiveness; heed; paying attention; regard (paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people))

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