You are thoughtful if you consider how your actions and words will affect other people’s feelings. It is thoughtful to cook your friend's favorite dish when you invite him over for dinner.

The adjective thoughtful describes someone who pays attention or considers others' feelings when they speak and act. If your friend is heartbroken about a recent break-up, holding off on gushing about your new love is the thoughtful thing to do. Thoughtful can also describe intellectual depth, like a thoughtful essay on a well-known poem that focuses on a line that other scholars have overlooked.

Definitions of thoughtful
  1. adjective
    exhibiting or characterized by careful thought
    “a thoughtful paper”
    showing concern for the rights and feelings of others
    bemused, deep in thought, lost, preoccupied
    deeply absorbed in thought
    brooding, broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, reflective, ruminative
    deeply or seriously thoughtful
    given to cogitation
    well thought out
    resulting from careful thought
    involved in or characterized by deliberation and discussion and examination
    concerned with excogitating or having the power of excogitation
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    showing lack of careful thought
    lacking regard for the rights or feelings of others
    inconsiderate, unconsidered
    without proper consideration or reflection
    unreflective, unthinking, unthoughtful
    not exhibiting or characterized by careful thought
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  2. adjective
    acting with or showing thought and good sense
    synonyms: serious-minded
    concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities
  3. adjective
    taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention
    synonyms: attentive, heedful, paying attention
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    heedless, unheeding
    marked by or paying little heed or attention
    careless, regardless
    (usually followed by `of') without due thought or consideration
    deaf, indifferent
    (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed
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  4. adjective
    considerate of the feelings or well-being of others
    showing concern for the rights and feelings of others
  5. adjective
    having intellectual depth
    “a deeply thoughtful essay”
    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
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