- characterized by or giving an attentive audience.; observant:
- thoughtful of others; considerate; polite; courteous: an attentive host.
- paying attention; listening carefully; observant
- (postpositive often foll by to) careful to fulfil the needs or wants (of); considerate (about)she was always attentive to his needs
mid-15c., from+ .
late 14c. (implied in attentively), from Old French attentif, from Vulgar Latin *attenditus, from Latin attentus “heedful, observant” (see ). Sense of “actively ministering to the needs and wants” (of another person) is from early 16c. Related: Attentively.