Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Thoughtful \Thought"ful\, a.
Full of thought; employed in meditation; contemplative; as, a man of thoughtful mind.
War, horrid war, your thoughtful walks invades.
Attentive; careful; exercising the judgment; having the mind directed to an object; as, thoughtful of gain; thoughtful in seeking truth.
Anxious; solicitous; concerned.
Around her crowd distrust, and doubt, and fear, And thoughtful foresight, and tormenting care.
Syn: Considerate; deliberate; contemplative; attentive; careful; wary; circumspect; reflective; discreet.
Usage: Thoughtful, Considerate. He who is habitually thoughtful rarely neglects his duty or his true interest; he who is considerate pauses to reflect and guard himself against error. One who is not thoughtful by nature, if he can be made considerate, will usually be guarded against serious mistakes. ``He who is thoughtful does not forget his duty; he who is considerate pauses, and considers properly what is his duty. It is a recommendation to a subordinate person to be thoughtful in doing what is wished of him; it is the recommendation of a confidential person to be considerate, as he has often to judge according to his own discretion.
--Crabb. [1913 Webster] -- Thought"ful*ly, adv. -- Thought"ful*ness, n.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
a. Demonstrating thought or careful consideration.
adj. having intellectual depth; "a deeply thoughtful essay"
exhibiting or characterized by careful thought; "a thoughtful paper" [ant: thoughtless]
acting with or showing thought and good sense; "a sensible young man" [syn: sensible]
showing consideration and anticipation of needs; "it was thoughtful of you to bring flowers"; "a neighbor showed thoughtful attention" [syn: kind]
Usage examples of "thoughtful".
For help with the astrophysics, I must gtive the greatest thanks to Larry Molnar, who provided long hours of thoughtful conversation on a subject that could quite easily have been classified as bizarre.
Against this tapestry of living light the jagged contours of the pyramids stood out in dark outline, and as any thoughtful individual might do, I mused upon the vanity of human aspiration and the brevity of human passions.
It was consequently a thoughtful Bertram Wooster who half an hour later sat toying with a stoup of malvoisie in the smoking room of the Drones Club.
Kirk agreed, and fell into a thoughtful silence as he considered the simple burial ceremony that he had conducted for Maslin on the shores of that silver sea.
It had been a long time since Shelley had been with the sort of man who could get her all soft and melty with nothing more than a thoughtful touch.
Ah, messieurs, let us now be thoughtful, cast down our eyes, and exalt our hearts.
Naturally melancholy and thoughtful, feeding the sensibilities of his heart upon fiction, and though addicted to the cultivation of reason rather than fancy, having perhaps more of the deeper and acuter characteristics of the poet than those calm and half-callous properties of nature supposed to belong to the metaphysician and the calculating moralist, Mordaunt was above all men fondly addicted to solitude, and inclined to contemplations less useful than profound.
Judith MacDonald, Susan Hunt and her sister Holly, the Boise gang, and many others, for their thoughtful gifts of wine, drawings, rosaries, chocolate, Celtic music, soap, statuary, pressed heather from Culloden, handkerchiefs with echidnas, Maori pens, English teas, garden trowels, and other miscellanea meant to boost my spirits and keep me writing far past the point of exhaustion.
The Cruarch looked thoughtful and rubbed his misformed foot unselfconsciously, working at the cramped ligaments.
Bernie rescued it, declaring it was just what they needed and how thoughtful it was of him and Louisa, and how the basket was beautifully woven, neatly waterproofed with pinyon sap, and would long be treasured.
How she wished that either her son or her longtime friend would be thoughtful enough to help her from the car, into the cottage, into her bed so she could relax before Planchette arrived.
On account of these filth-dangers, it began, a century or so ago, to be the custom in cleanly and thoughtful households to provide, first, ditches, and then, lines of pipes, made out of hollow wood or baked clay, and later of iron, called drains, through which all the watery parts of household wastes could be carried away and poured out at some distance from the house.
Quickly he reached down to give his genitals a thoughtful scratch and realignment through the loose folds of his faded blue galabieh.
The dramatist who not only disseminated radicalism, but literally revolutionized the thoughtful Germans, is Gerhardt Hauptmann.
He did his best to look thoughtful, glad of the mask that screened his features.