Attentiveness



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

So I think that that kind of concentration, and focus, and attentiveness, is hard to come by.
Philip Roth Unbound: Interview Transcript The Daily Beast Video October 29, 2009

attentiveness and Dignity While we enjoy our friend’s sense of humor, we’d suggest a different memo to HR.
Layoffs: HR’s Moment of Truth Jack And Suzy Welch March 10, 2009

Historical Examples

All this cordial kindness and attentiveness were putting him at his ease.
The Woman of Mystery Maurice Leblanc

He was assured then of their attentiveness and protected from their interruption.
The Bishop’s Apron W. Somerset Maugham

But, through all his attentiveness to Savina, his crowding thoughts, he listened for the return of the car with the doctor.
Cytherea Joseph Hergesheimer

The kindness and attentiveness of this man are simply wonderful.
The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Modeste Tchaikovsky

He understood her attentiveness to his comfort when she touched his arm and begged a word with him.
Red-Robin Jane Abbott

His attentiveness and courtesy were not ungrateful after the way things were thrown at you at Sothern and Lee’s, we declared.
The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance

He answered, looking down into her eyes, which were full of attentiveness.
At Fault Kate Chopin.

The twins’ devotion to each other was never failing, but this attentiveness on the part of Carol was extremely odd.
Prudence Says So Ethel Hueston

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
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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