thinking

I UK [ˈθɪŋkɪŋ] / US adjective [only before noun] *
able to consider things carefully and understand what is important

He insults the intelligence of every thinking person out there.

the thinking man's/woman's/person's... — used before the name of a well-known person, for describing someone who is like them but is more attractive to intelligent men/women; used for saying that something is suitable for or attractive to intelligent people

This sensitive young actor has been described as the thinking woman's Brad Pitt.

The magazine has long been known as the thinking man's fashion bible.


II UK [ˈθɪŋkɪŋ] / US noun [uncountable]
1) an opinion, or a set of ideas
thinking on/about:

His thinking on social issues has changed considerably over the years.

thinking behind:

Can you explain the thinking behind your current proposal?

current/modern thinking:

Many passages have been changed to reflect current political thinking.

2) the way that you consider things or react to them

This is the stage for creative thinking and imaginative ideas.

positive thinking:

What's needed here is some positive thinking.

quick thinking:

The driver's quick thinking helped prevent a more serious accident.

3) the process of considering something or of reacting to something

He had some serious thinking to do.


English dictionary. 2014.

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