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Thoughtful \Thought"ful\, a.

  1. Full of thought; employed in meditation; contemplative; as, a man of thoughtful mind.

    War, horrid war, your thoughtful walks invades.

  2. Attentive; careful; exercising the judgment; having the mind directed to an object; as, thoughtful of gain; thoughtful in seeking truth.

  3. 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.


n. 1 thoughtful and considerate attention 2 careful deliberation before action

  1. n. a calm lengthy intent consideration [syn: contemplation, reflection, reflexion, rumination, musing]

  2. kind and considerate regard for others; "he showed no consideration for her feelings" [syn: consideration, considerateness] [ant: inconsideration, inconsideration]

  3. the trait of thinking carefully before acting [ant: unthoughtfulness]

  4. a considerate and thoughtful act [syn: consideration]

Usage examples of "thoughtfulness".

In an uncustomary burst of thoughtfulness, Czarina had grown the flowers in her messy greenhouse and placed them in Wa- terfbrd vases in readiness for the grand party tonight.

Beamish, our first, if not our only philosophical beau and a gentleman of some thoughtfulness, that the social English require tyrannical government as much as the political are able to dispense with it: and this he explained by an exposition of the character of a race possessed of the eminent virtue of individual selfassertion, which causes them to insist on good elbowroom wherever they gather together.

The beacons we had put up came to our aid, and for our final success we owe a deep debt of gratitude to our prudence and thoughtfulness in adopting this expedient.

He felt much closer to Chay than he did to his blood son, Prince Rohana slight, quiet youth given to study and thoughtfulness rather than devotion to the manly arts.

Despite her expression of deep thoughtfulness, she spoke very quickly in a musical voice, and rattled through her Confiteor, regardless of the sense.

But at the last the voice of Alfredo floats in at the window, burdening the air and her heart with an echo of the longing to which she had given expression in her brief moment of thoughtfulness.

Because of the specificity of his fear, he did not sound like a typical aerophobic passenger, and all of the flight attendants were staring at him with, if not respect, at least a wary thoughtfulness.

Modern-day naguals, in an effort to avoid paying this exorbitant price in pain, had developed a code of behavior called the warrior's way, or the impeccable action, which prepared sorcerers by enhancing their sobriety and thoughtfulness.

He was still as impassive and hard-faced as usual, but for the first time Gene noticed that his impassiveness seemed to reflect his internal thoughtfulness and self-secrecy, rather than an aggressive attitude toward the world around him.

When Mickey Finn reprograms reality, he does so with thoughtfulness and subtlety.

Being more than a little piqued at the Incivility of one whose Celebrity made me solicitous of his Approbation, I ventur'd to retaliate in kind, and told him, I was surpris'd that a Man of Sense shou'd judge the Thoughtfulness of one whose Productions he admitted never having read.