Attentive At*ten"tive ([a^]t*t[e^]n"t[i^]v), a. [Cf. F. attentif.] 1. Heedful; intent; observant; regarding with care or attention. [1913 Webster]

Note: Attentive is applied to the senses of hearing and seeing, as, an attentive ear or eye; to the application of the mind, as in contemplation; or to the application of the mind, in every possible sense, as when a person is attentive to the words, and to the manner and matter, of a speaker at the same time. [1913 Webster]

2. Heedful of the comfort of others; courteous. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Heedful; intent; observant; mindful; regardful; circumspect; watchful. [1913 Webster] -- {At*ten"tive*ly}, adv. -- {At*ten"tive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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