thoughtfully

Doing something thoughtfully means acting in a careful, considered way. If your teacher nods thoughtfully when you participate in class, you'll feel she's really listening to you.

There are various ways to act thoughtfully, including simply thinking — like when you gaze thoughtfully at the clear night sky. You're also behaving thoughtfully when you're carefully attentive: "I didn't want to hurt her feelings, so I considered my response thoughtfully after she asked if I liked her haircut." And when you're considerate of others, you also act thoughtfully, like when you thoughtfully buy your brother's favorite candy while you're at the store.

Definitions of thoughtfully
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adv in a thoughtful manner

“he stared thoughtfully out the window”
Antonyms:
thoughtlessly, unthinking, unthinkingly
in a thoughtless manner

adv showing consideration and thoughtfulness

“he had thoughtfully brought with him some food to share”
Antonyms:
thoughtlessly
showing thoughtlessness

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