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[in-truh-spek-tiv] /ˌɪn trəˈspɛk tɪv/
characterized by introspection, the act or process of looking into oneself.
Related forms
introspectively, adverb
introspectiveness, noun
nonintrospective, adjective
nonintrospectively, adverb
nonintrospectiveness, noun
unintrospective, adjective
unintrospectively, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The law, by its ponderous and introspective nature, gives you time in which to die.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • She listened with knitted brows and an introspective glance.

    The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories Margaret Collier Graham
  • Mr. Openshaw had been too busy, all his life, to be introspective.

    A House to Let Charles Dickens
  • She was a mature woman, full-bosomed, grave of feature, introspective of glance.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • Such pioneers were hard-working people, lonely and introspective.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
Word Origin and History for introspective

1820, from Latin introspect-, past participle stem of introspicere (see introspection) + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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