One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Uncle Albert paused, looking thoughtful’
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
2‘how very thoughtful of you!’
considerate, attentive, caring, understanding, sympathetic, solicitous, concerned, helpful, friendly, obliging, accommodating, neighbourly, unselfish, kind, kindly, compassionate, tender, charitable, benevolent
3‘her work is thoughtful and provocative’
profound, deep, intelligent, studious, philosophical, sensitive, pithy, serious, meaty, weighty
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