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

n kind and considerate regard for others

considerateness, consideration
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

n the trait of thinking carefully before acting

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

n a calm, lengthy, intent consideration

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

n a considerate and thoughtful act

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benignity, kindness
a kind act

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