Definition of thoughtful in English:



  • 1Absorbed in or involving thought.

    ‘brows drawn together in thoughtful consideration’
    • ‘He was quiet, thoughtful, sensitive, studious - but a bit of an apologist.’
    • ‘The decision to leave the firm was a difficult one and involved many hours of thoughtful consideration.’
    • ‘It should also open up the intellectual space for the thoughtful consideration of the subject.’
    • ‘These are serious, thoughtful people who are not in thrall to the restrictions of old ideologies.’
    • ‘Your words and the thoughtful reflections of others will help awaken those who can and will make a difference.’
    • ‘He returned to his chair as silence and thoughtful reflection punctuated the moment.’
    • ‘Hegel himself said that the philosophy of history means nothing but the thoughtful consideration of it.’
    • ‘By nature she is a thoughtful, serious girl whose natural reticence has been reinforced by too many rooms full of flashbulbs and poised pens.’
    • ‘The decision to make the changes was made after a long search and thoughtful consideration.’
    • ‘Levi looked at Hal, laughed, and then extended his palm in a thoughtful manner.’
    • ‘It is the task of thoughtful researchers to critically consider how knowledge in their field is produced and used.’
    • ‘It is long overdue, and is the outcome of thoughtful consideration and review.’
    • ‘Will the new parliament be equally thoughtful and reflective in response?’
    • ‘She is thoughtful and reflective, and I have enormous respect for her passionate dedication.’
    • ‘Damian didn't reply, but instead sat in a very thoughtful manner without touching his plate.’
    • ‘He turned out to be very passionate, articulate, enthusiastic and thoughtful.’
    • ‘He tells me that at this stage in his life he is reflective and thoughtful, very different from his stage persona.’
    • ‘The tone of delegates interviewed afterwards was thoughtful and reflective.’
    • ‘Her forceful personality and ease in the spotlight complemented the king's serious, thoughtful demeanour.’
    • ‘It makes me think that she's just fairly introverted and is quite a thoughtful person, even pensive perhaps.’
    pensive, thinking, reflective, contemplative, musing, meditative, introspective, prayerful, philosophical, cogitative, ruminative, absorbed, engrossed, rapt, preoccupied, deep in thought, immersed in thought, lost in thought, in a brown study, brooding, broody, serious, studious, solemn, dreamy, dreaming, wistful, melancholy, sad
    profound, deep, intelligent, studious, philosophical, sensitive, pithy, serious, meaty, weighty
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    1. 1.1Showing consideration for the needs of other people.
      ‘he was attentive and thoughtful’
      ‘how very thoughtful of you!’
      • ‘He is attentive and thoughtful, always willing to do his share of the housework and invariably cheerful.’
      • ‘Although we now face difficult moral choices I am so grateful that we've emerged as a much more compassionate and thoughtful society.’
      • ‘His manner tells of a well-raised, thoughtful, tender individual.’
      • ‘On the other hand, if one wants their child to be obedient, thoughtful to others, discipline them at the time of their disobedience and not half an hour later.’
      • ‘It was nice and thoughtful of them and all, but she just really wanted to go home and soak her feet.’
      • ‘I have the kindest, most generous and thoughtful readers and friends anywhere.’
      • ‘It was a very kind and thoughtful gesture and an example of the love and respect which we should all have for each other to make for peace and harmony in this troubled world.’
      • ‘He was always so thoughtful, paying attention to every small detail.’
      • ‘Dave was always a perfect gentleman: thoughtful, kind and willing to help a young, dumb writer.’
      • ‘Thank you for the birthday card and the money, it was very thoughtful of you, I appreciate it.’
      • ‘He is a very caring, thoughtful, generous man, so I get confused by the extremes.’
      • ‘He's a wonderful, sweet, thoughtful and considerate guy.’
      • ‘Thank you very much for the parcels of groceries, it was very thoughtful of you all.’
      • ‘Indifferent to hunting or wrestling or drinking, Bill, who likes to read, is thoughtful and gentle.’
      • ‘Ed is, in all seriousness, one of the most thoughtful and considerate people I've ever come across.’
      • ‘Is she usually thoughtful and considerate of you, or does she have a track record of thinking only of herself?’
      • ‘He was one of nature's gentlemen and was a hard working thoughtful neighbour who was always there to lend a hand in times of trouble.’
      • ‘Michael even bought us both cards and presents which was very thoughtful of him.’
      considerate, attentive, caring, understanding, sympathetic, solicitous, concerned, helpful, friendly, obliging, accommodating, neighbourly, unselfish, kind, kindly, compassionate, tender, charitable, benevolent
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    2. 1.2Showing careful consideration or attention.
      ‘her work is thoughtful and provocative’
      • ‘His more thoughtful critics worry that he is a little too much in love with the idea of himself as a shocking truth-speaker.’
      • ‘Succumbing to the hype, I thought the film was going to be a thoughtful treatment of a serious issue.’
      • ‘There are decent, thoughtful, credible arguments on both sides of the gun control debate.’
      • ‘Bonner, on the other hand, offers a gentle and thoughtful appraisal.’
      • ‘This is an absorbing and thoughtful novel, though its ambiguities occasionally frustrate.’
      • ‘These are two thoughtful performances in a carefully understated film that has a number of erudite lines without ever becoming preachy.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, I must compliment you on the thoughtful and informed analysis present in your reports.’
      • ‘He has made a serious and thoughtful film, despite some obvious limitations.’
      • ‘Some response is required, and the response must be made in a thoughtful and informed manner.’
      • ‘This is a thoughtful, carefully crafted and, above all, intelligent movie which deserves a massive audience.’
      • ‘The delay in getting it to you was caused in part by life having become rather busy recently and in part by the need to make a careful, thoughtful choice.’
      • ‘Their careful and thoughtful comments led to marked improvements in nearly all the reports.’
      • ‘It's a wonderfully rich, thoughtful and provocative piece of drama.’
      • ‘For all his occasional gaucheness and undue display, he is the most thoughtful and provocative poet writing in English today.’
      • ‘This is an important, thoughtful book deserving of a good deal of careful attention.’
      • ‘But let's be careful with our criticisms, thoughtful about where we lay the responsibility.’
      • ‘While most of his pictures are serious and thoughtful, this one is full of silent excitement.’
      • ‘This is a particularly gracious and thoughtful reply from the media, and we are grateful for it.’
      • ‘Senior leaders nowadays don't have time for deep reflection or thoughtful analysis.’
      • ‘The blog contains a thoughtful, honest, civil exchange of opinion from all sides of the issue.’