Adjective "attentive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Paying close attention to something.
  1. 'ministers should be more attentive to the interests of taxpayers'
  2. 'Therefore, we need to be ever vigilant and attentive to the status of race in our work as well as in our lives.'
  3. 'His inspiring talk was greatly appreciated by the attentive audience.'
  4. 'Everyone was so attentive to the songs and that's kind of what dictated the playing.'
  5. 'He was very attentive to his work and duties and delighted in a job well done.'
  6. 'There is no need to tell you what immense pleasure and instruction Liszt gives his silent and attentive audience.'
  7. 'This minority government will last by being progressive and attentive to some of the opposition.'
  8. 'As a democrat, Nehru was attentive to the rights of the lowly and vulnerable.'
  9. 'Ever attentive to detail, Fanny arrived back brandishing a choice of two.'
  10. 'The strange fascination of talent shows has made them a spectacle that continues to draw attentive audiences.'
  11. 'Recorded earlier this year, it catches Young introducing his cycle to an attentive Irish audience.'
  12. 'So it is important to be attentive to typical symptoms such as sudden dizziness or headaches.'
  13. 'The children watched with interest and were attentive to each step of the process.'
  14. 'John had seemed the perfect partner, attractive, caring and attentive.'
  15. 'Our waitress is very attentive and accommodating of our shaky Bulgarian as we make our order.'
  16. 'Another thing I noticed was that everyone became far more attentive to other people.'
  17. 'It isn't all bad - the staff here are amiable and attentive to the needs of boozers and diners alike.'
  18. 'If someone is unable to be attentive to the needs of others, they cannot be trusted with land.'
  19. 'He sought comfort by becoming overly attentive to the patient and his family.'
  20. 'She had been unwell for some years before her death and Willie was most attentive to her needs.'
  21. 'We were shown to a choice of tables by polite and attentive staff - as they were throughout the evening.'
  22. 'They were quite simply impeccable, very attentive, fun but courteous.'
  23. 'An extensive wine list and attentive service make this restaurant outstanding.'
  24. 'Immediately realising his mistake he is attentive and polite, seeking her forgiveness.'


1. characterized by or giving attention; observant: an attentive audience.

2. thoughtful of others; considerate; polite; courteous: an attentive host.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be attentive to people."

"people can be attentive to requirements."

"reserves can be attentive to needs."

"producers can be attentive to changes."

"powers can be attentive to actions."

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Late Middle English: from Old French attentif, -ive, from atendre ‘give one's attention to’ (see attend).