[ thawt-fuhl ]
/ ˈθɔt fəl /


showing consideration for others; considerate.
characterized by or manifesting careful thought: a thoughtful essay.
occupied with or given to thought; contemplative; meditative; reflective: in a thoughtful mood.
careful, heedful, or mindful: to be thoughtful of one's safety.

Origin of thoughtful

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at thought1, -ful

SYNONYMS FOR thoughtful

1 attentive, solicitous. Thoughtful, considerate mean taking thought for the comfort and the good of others. Thoughtful implies providing little attentions, offering services, or in some way looking out for the comfort or welfare of others: It was thoughtful of you to send the flowers. Considerate implies sparing others annoyance or discomfort, and being careful not to hurt their feelings: not considerate of his family.


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British Dictionary definitions for thoughtful

/ (ˈθɔːtfʊl) /


considerate in the treatment of other people
showing careful thought
pensive; reflective

Derived forms of thoughtful

thoughtfully, adverb thoughtfulness, noun