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at·ten·tive / əˈtentiv/ • adj. paying close attention to something: never before had she had such an attentive audience Congress should be more attentive to the interests of taxpayers. ∎  assiduously attending to the comfort or wishes of others; very polite or courteous: the hotel has a pleasant atmosphere and attentive service. DERIVATIVES: at·ten·tive·ly adv. at·ten·tive·ness n.