late 14c., "heedful, observant" (implied in attentively), from Old French atentif "expectant, hopeful," from past-participle stem of Latin attendere "give heed to" (see attend). The sense of "actively ministering to the needs and wants" (of another person) is from early 16c.
updated on September 28, 2022
Dictionary entries near attentive
attention deficit disorder