attentiveness









attentiveness


adjective

  1. characterized by or giving attention; observant: an attentive audience.
  2. thoughtful of others; considerate; polite; courteous: an attentive host.

adjective

  1. paying attention; listening carefully; observant
  2. (postpositive often foll by to) careful to fulfil the needs or wants (of); considerate (about)she was always attentive to his needs
n.

mid-15c., from attentive + -ness.

adj.

late 14c. (implied in attentively), from Old French attentif, from Vulgar Latin *attenditus, from Latin attentus “heedful, observant” (see attend). Sense of “actively ministering to the needs and wants” (of another person) is from early 16c. Related: Attentively.

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