con|tem|pla|tive1 [kənˈtemplətıv, ˈkɔntəmpleıtıv US kən-, ˈka:ntem-] adj
spending a lot of time thinking seriously and quietly
a contemplative mood
>contemplatively adv
contemplative 2
contemplative2 n formal
someone who spends their life thinking deeply about religious matters

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  • Contemplative — Con*tem pla*tive, a. [F. contemplatif, L. contemplativus.] 1. Pertaining to contemplation; addicted to, or employed in, contemplation; meditative. [1913 Webster] Fixed and contemplative their looks. Denham. [1913 Webster] 2. Having the power of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Contemplative — Con*tem pla*tive, n. (R. C. Ch.) A religious or either sex devoted to prayer and meditation, rather than to active works of charity. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contemplative — index circumspect, cogitative, deliberate, pensive, politic, speculative Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • contemplative — (adj.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. contemplatif (12c.), from L. contemplativus, from contemplat , pp. stem of contemplari (see CONTEMPLATION (Cf. contemplation)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • contemplative — meditative, reflective, *thoughtful, speculative, pensive Analogous words: *intent, rapt, engrossed, absorbed: musing, ruminating, pondering (see PONDER): reflecting, cogitating, reasoning, thinking (see THINK) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • contemplative — [adj] deep in thought attentive, cogitative, in brown study*, intent, introspective, lost, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, rapt, reflecting, reflective, ruminative, speculative, thinking, thoughtful; concepts 402,403 Ant. disdainful,… …   New thesaurus

  • contemplative — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ expressing or involving contemplation. ► NOUN ▪ a person whose life is devoted to prayer, especially in a monastery or convent. DERIVATIVES contemplatively adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • contemplative — [kən tem′plə tiv΄, kän′təm plāt΄iv] adj. [ME contemplatif < OFr < L contemplativus] of or inclined to contemplation; thoughtful; meditative n. one who is dedicated to religious meditation, esp. in a religious order SYN. PENSIVE… …   English World dictionary

  • contemplative — ● contemplatif, contemplative adjectif et nom (latin contemplativus) Qui se livre à la contemplation : C est un esprit contemplatif. ● contemplatif, contemplative (citations) adjectif et nom (latin contemplativus) Georges Charles, dit Joris Karl… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • contemplative — 1. adjective a) Pertaining to one who contemplates or is introspective and thoughtful. 1873 Compared with the greatest poets, he may be said to be the poet of unpoetical natures, possessed of quiet and contemplative tastes. But unpoetical natures …   Wiktionary

  • contemplative — [[t]kənte̱mplətɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is contemplative thinks deeply, or is thinking in a serious and calm way. Martin is a quiet, contemplative sort of chap... I went for long, contemplative walks by the river... Life there is slow and… …   English dictionary

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