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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English myndeful, myndefull, from Old English ġemyndful (of good memory), equivalent to mind +‎ -ful.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmʌɪnd.fəl/, [ˈmʌɪnd.fl̩]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmaɪnd.fəl/, [ˈmaɪnd.fl̩]
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  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈmɑɪnd.fəl/, [ˈmɑɪnd.fl̩]


mindful (comparative more mindful, superlative most mindful)

  1. Being aware (of something); attentive, heedful. [from 14th c.]
    Antonyms: absent-minded, mindless, seat-of-the-pants, unmindful
    • 2011 December 10, Marc Higginson, “Bolton 1 - 2 Aston Villa”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Alex McLeish, perhaps mindful of the flak he has been taking from sections of the Villa support for a perceived negative style of play, handed starts to wingers Charles N'Zogbia and Albrighton.
  2. (obsolete) Inclined (to do something). [16th–19th c.]
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Etymology 2[edit]

mind +‎ -ful


mindful (plural mindfuls)

  1. As much as can be held in one's mind at a time.
    • 1995, R. Tallis, Newton's Sleep: The Two Cultures and the Two Kingdoms:
      A work of art may exceed a 'mindful' – whatever it is that can be accommodated within a mind at a given time – and may have to be regarded as a series of mindfuls.
    • 2008, Pavel G Somov, Eating the Moment:
      So, whereas mouthfuls and servings are the units of fullness, mindfuls and savorings are the units of mind-fullness.
    • 2014, Toshiharu Taura, Principia Designae - Pre-Design, Design, and Post-Design:
      A sketch can hold several mindfuls, allowing designers to see far more than they can imagine, allowing designers to integrate mindfuls.

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