Definition of thoughtful in English:

Share this entry

thoughtful

Pronunciation: /ˈTHôtfəl/

adjective

1Absorbed in or involving thought: brows drawn together in thoughtful consideration
More example sentences
  • Your words and the thoughtful reflections of others will help awaken those who can and will make a difference.
  • By nature she is a thoughtful, serious girl whose natural reticence has been reinforced by too many rooms full of flashbulbs and poised pens.
  • It makes me think that she's just fairly introverted and is quite a thoughtful person, even pensive perhaps.
Synonyms
pensive, reflective, contemplative, musing, meditative, introspective, philosophical, ruminative, absorbed, engrossed, rapt, preoccupied, lost in thought, deep in thought, in a brown study, brooding
formal cogitative
1.1Showing consideration for the needs of other people: he was attentive and thoughtful how very thoughtful of you!
More example sentences
  • Michael even bought us both cards and presents which was very thoughtful of him.
  • Thank you very much for the parcels of groceries, it was very thoughtful of you all.
  • Thank you for the birthday card and the money, it was very thoughtful of you, I appreciate it.
Synonyms
considerate, caring, attentive, understanding, sympathetic, solicitous, concerned, helpful, obliging, neighborly, unselfish, kind, compassionate, charitable
1.2Showing careful consideration or attention: her work is thoughtful and provocative
More example sentences
  • The delay in getting it to you was caused in part by life having become rather busy recently and in part by the need to make a careful, thoughtful choice.
  • Their careful and thoughtful comments led to marked improvements in nearly all the reports.
  • These are two thoughtful performances in a carefully understated film that has a number of erudite lines without ever becoming preachy.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: thought·ful

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.