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thought·ful / ˈ[unvoicedth]ôtfəl/ • adj. absorbed in or involving thought: brows drawn together in thoughtful consideration. ∎  showing consideration for the needs of other people: he was attentive and thoughtful how very thoughtful of you! ∎  showing careful consideration or attention: her work is thoughtful and provocative. DERIVATIVES: thought·ful·ly adv. thought·ful·ness n.