thoughtful

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
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adj exhibiting or characterized by careful thought

“a thoughtful paper”
Synonyms:
considerate
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
cogitative
given to cogitation
well thought out
resulting from careful thought
deliberative
involved in or characterized by deliberation and discussion and examination
excogitative
concerned with excogitating or having the power of excogitation
Antonyms:
thoughtless
showing lack of careful thought
inconsiderate
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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adj acting with or showing thought and good sense

Synonyms:
serious-minded
serious
concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities

adj taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention

Synonyms:
attentive, heedful, paying attention
Antonyms:
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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adj considerate of the feelings or well-being of others

Synonyms:
considerate
showing concern for the rights and feelings of others

adj having intellectual depth

“a deeply thoughtful essay”
Synonyms:
profound
showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth

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