Definition of attentive in English:


Syllabification: at·ten·tive
Pronunciation: /əˈten(t)iv


1Paying close attention to something: never before had she had such an attentive audience Congress should be more attentive to the interests of taxpayers
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  • Jones is earnest and attentive to detail, and promises to work closely with residents on an array of local issues.
  • Therefore, we need to be ever vigilant and attentive to the status of race in our work as well as in our lives.
  • The children watched with interest and were attentive to each step of the process.
perceptive, observant, alert, acute, aware, heedful, vigilant;
intent, focused, undistracted, committed, studious, diligent, conscientious, earnest;
informal not missing a trick, on the ball
1.1Assiduously attending to the comfort or wishes of others; very polite or courteous: the hotel has a pleasant atmosphere and attentive service
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  • All the dishes were exquisitely presented and the service was polite and attentive.
  • He sought comfort by becoming overly attentive to the patient and his family.
  • The service is quick, courteous and attentive without becoming overpowering.
conscientious, considerate, thoughtful, kind, caring, solicitous, understanding, sympathetic, obliging, accommodating, courteous, gallant, chivalrous;
dutiful, responsible


late Middle English: from Old French attentif, -ive, from atendre 'give one's attention to' (see attend).



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  • Listening carefully and attentively to others is truly essential and necessary in communication.
  • He makes you realise, with some discomfort, that we often fail to look attentively enough at what we see.
  • He was a quiet shy boy who spoke little but listened attentively.


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  • The results seem to show a vast improvement in attentiveness and concentration.
  • Her attentiveness is seductive; she makes a man feel that he is special and sexy.
  • The past scenes are beautifully handled, with a clear attentiveness to detail that enhances the film's believability.

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