Intentive vs. Attentive - What's the difference?


  • Intentive (adjective)

    Paying attention; attentive, heedful.

  • Intentive (adjective)

    Intent (of the mind, thoughts etc.).

  • Intentive (adjective)

    Expressing intent.

  • Attentive (adjective)

    Paying attention; noticing, watching, listening, or attending closely.

    "She is an attentive listener, but does not like to talk much."

  • Attentive (adjective)

    Courteous; mindful.

    "a husband attentive to his wife's needs"

Oxford Dictionary

  • Attentive (adjective)

    paying close attention to something

    "ministers should be more attentive to the interests of taxpayers"

    "never before had she had such an attentive audience"

  • Attentive (adjective)

    assiduously attending to the comfort or wishes of others; very polite or courteous

    "the hotel has a pleasant atmosphere and attentive service"

Webster Dictionary

  • Intentive (adjective)

    Attentive; intent.

  • Attentive (adjective)

    Heedful; intent; observant; regarding with care or attention.

  • Attentive (adjective)

    Heedful of the comfort of others; courteous.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Attentive (adjective)

    (often followed by `to') giving care or attention;

    "attentive to details"

    "the nurse was attentive to her patient"

    "an attentive suitor"

  • Attentive (adjective)

    taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention;

    "heedful of the warnings"

    "so heedful a writer"

    "heedful of what they were doing"

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