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From Middle English attentif, attentijf, from Old French attentif.

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  • IPA(key): /əˈtɛntɪv/
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attentive (comparative more attentive, superlative most attentive)

  1. Paying attention; noticing, watching, listening, or attending closely.
    She is an attentive listener, but does not like to talk much.
    • 1929, Robert Dean Frisbee, The Book of Puka-Puka, republished by Eland, 2019; p. 94:
      King-of-the-Sky was sitting alone in the Leeward Village meeting-house, gesticulating to the attentive shades of night, roaring out the genealogy of his ancestors, telling the sleeping world of his greatness.
  2. Courteous; mindful.
    a husband attentive to his wife's needs

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  1. feminine singular of attentif