American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Giving care or attention; watchful: attentive to detail.
- adj. Marked by or offering devoted and assiduous attention to the pleasure or comfort of others. See Synonyms at thoughtful.
- adj. Expressing affectionate interest through close observation and gallant gestures: He played the attentive suitor, complete with roses and bonbons.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by or of the nature of attention; heedful; intent; observant; regarding with care; mindful: as, an attentive ear or eye; an attentive listener; an attentive act.
- Characterized by consideration or observant care; assiduous in ministering to the comfort or pleasure of others; polite; courteous: as, attentive to the ladies.
- Synonyms Regardful, watchful, circumspect, wary, careful, thoughtful, alert.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Heedful; intent; observant; regarding with care or attention.
- adj. Heedful of the comfort of others; courteous.
- adj. taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention
- adj. (often followed by `to') giving care or attention
- From Old French attentif (Wiktionary)
“His gaze was level, open, his expression attentive and intelligent.”
“Pressures on ratings and earnings will likely continue over the next few months suggesting that investors must remain attentive to specific credit concerns.”
“He blinked and tried to keep his expression attentive and humble.”
“There is a certain attentive tenderness, difficult to be described, which the manly of our sex feel, and which is peculiarly pleasing to woman: 'tis also a very delightful sensation to ourselves, as well as productive of the happiest consequences: regarding them as creatures placed by Providence under our protection, and depending on us for their happiness, is the strongest possible tie of affection to a well-turned mind.”
“I agree that we all must of course remain attentive.”
“If you look at the left side of his face his expression is attentive and focused on the conversation.”
“What are these modern upper-class Mexicans seeking, I thought (along with spiritual connection, of course), in embracing these indigenous traditions (which are not theirs) but "flow": some activity that engrosses them, makes life meaningful, and asks them to be "attentive" -- as apparently nothing else had fit the bill?”
“The 6 percent Miller identifies as attentive to space represents nearly 11 million adult citizens, and the interested public forms a pool of nearly 30 million citizens.”
“At least not what I should have called attentive when I was a girl.”
“She then goes on to say, to Rav's actual face, "You're so attentive, which is lovely, but if you had it your way, we'd never leave the house - we'd just sit there cuddling and never see anyone else!”
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