Someone who considers other people's feelings has the quality of thoughtfulness. It takes real thoughtfulness to comfort a friend who's recently lost his pet cat.

When you remember to bring doughnuts for everyone at work, that's thoughtfulness, and it's thoughtfulness that inspires you to send your grandmother a thank you note for your birthday gift. Another kind of thoughtfulness describes deliberate thinking before doing something. It might, for example, require some thoughtfulness to figure out how to hook up your new TV. The word comes from the adjective thoughtful, which originally meant "moody or anxious," but came to mean "considerate" in the 1850's.

Definitions of thoughtfulness
  1. noun
    kind and considerate regard for others
    synonyms: considerateness, consideration
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    inconsiderateness, inconsideration, thoughtlessness
    the quality of failing to be considerate of others
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    the trait of being considerate and thoughtful of others
    tact, tactfulness
    consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense
    delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finesse
    subtly skillful handling of a situation
    address, savoir-faire
    social skill
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    the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic
  2. noun
    the trait of thinking carefully before acting
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    thoughtlessness, unthoughtfulness
    the trait of not thinking carefully before acting
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    contemplativeness, meditativeness, pensiveness
    deep serious thoughtfulness
    thoughtfulness about your own situation and feelings
    deliberateness, deliberation
    the trait of thoughtfulness in action or decision
    reflectiveness, reflectivity
    the capability of quiet thought or contemplation
    expressive of intentions
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    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
  3. noun
    a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
    synonyms: contemplation, musing, reflection, reflexion, rumination
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    cogitation, study
    attentive consideration and meditation
    meditation, speculation
    continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature
    (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)
    introspection, self-contemplation, self-examination
    the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
    contemplation of things past
    laborious cogitation
    self-analysis, soul-searching
    a penetrating examination of your own beliefs and motives
    examen, examination
    a detailed inspection of your conscience (as done daily by Jesuits)
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    the process of giving careful thought to something
  4. noun
    a considerate and thoughtful act
    synonyms: consideration
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    benignity, kindness
    a kind act
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