The definition of attentive is paying attention to or being thoughtful of others.
A child who always carefully listens to his mother's directions is an example of someone who is attentive.
- paying attention; observant
- considerate, courteous, devoted, etc.: an attentive husband
Origin of attentiveMiddle English and Old French attentif from Medieval Latin attentivus: see attend
(comparative more attentive, superlative most attentive)
From Old French attentif