Attentive



characterized by or giving ; observant:
an attentive audience.
thoughtful of others; considerate; polite; courteous:
an attentive host.
Contemporary Examples

In the meetings, Rubio was an attentive listener, according to one person in the room.
Marco Rubio Really Loves Israel and Has Pictures to Prove It Eli Lake February 20, 2013

By 1981, Zia ul-Haq found an attentive ear in President Ronald Reagan.
Bin Laden Death Reveals Pakistan’s Betrayal Richard Miniter May 3, 2011

As attentive readers know, Middle-earth was never meant to be another world, but our own in an earlier era.
Tolkien’s Unfinished Epic: ‘The Fall of Arthur’ John Garth May 22, 2013

attentive royalists will recall that at this event last year, he volunteered William and Kate to run in 2013.
Harry To Walk With Wounded and Present Awards at Marathon This Month Tom Sykes April 8, 2013

Okay, you jumped in bed with him because he was powerful and he was attentive and you saw a lifestyle that attracted you.
Bernie Made Off With My Wife Tracy Quan September 1, 2009

Historical Examples

Ricardo waited, attentive, yet not without a certain contempt.
Victory Joseph Conrad

He handed her one of the printed bills, which she read with a steady and attentive face.
Little Dorrit Charles Dickens

I need not tell you how attentive the Romans and Greeks, particularly the Athenians, were to this object.
The PG Edition of Chesterfield’s Letters to His Son The Earl of Chesterfield

He was attentive and respectful to them, affectionate to Pauline.
Graham’s Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 5. May 1848 Various

Alfred was attentive to her, of course, but not foolishly attentive, this afternoon.
A Bride from the Bush E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung

adjective
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
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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