Mindfulness vs Mindful - What's the difference?

mindfulness | mindful |

Mindfulness is a derived term of mindful.

As a noun mindfulness

is awareness.

As a adjective mindful is

being aware ((of) something); attentive, heedful.



  • awareness
  • inclination to be mindful or aware
  • (as understood in Buddhism and psychology) paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally
  • * 2014 , Who, What, Why: What Is Mindfulness? , BBC
  • The Oxford English Dictionary "also notes that the term is 'in weakened use'. It's been diluted from its origins to now encompass all manner of meditation techniques, treatments for daily stress, even ways to lose weight."


    * mindlessness



    Alternative forms

    * mindefull, mindfull (obsolete)


    (en adjective)
  • Being aware ((of) something); attentive, heedful.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=December 10 , author=Marc Higginson , title=Bolton 1 - 2 Aston Villa , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=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.}}
  • (obsolete) Inclined (to do something).
  • *1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , V.5:
  • *:These noble warriors, mindefull to pursew / The last daies purpose of their vowed fight, / Them selves thereto preparde in order dew […].
  • Antonyms

    * mindless * seat-of-the-pants

    Derived terms

    * mindfulness