At*ten"tive (#), a. [Cf. F. attentif.]


Heedful; intent; observant; regarding with care or attention.

Attentive is applied to the senses of hearing and seeing, as, an attentive ear or eye; to the application of the mind, as in contemplation; or to the application of the mind, in every possible sense, as when a person is attentive to the words, and to the manner and matter, of a speaker at the same time.


Heedful of the comfort of others; courteous.

Syn. -- Heedful; intent; observant; mindful; regardful; circumspect; watchful.

-- At*ten"tive*ly, adv. -- At*ten"tive*ness, n.


© Webster 1913.

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