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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. 2016.
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  • The introspective life that Anita led was strongly expressed in her music.

    Betty at Fort Blizzard Molly Elliot Seawell
  • She listened with knitted brows and an introspective glance.

    The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories Margaret Collier Graham
  • The anger of a man like Purcell terrified her, lay like a nightmare on a sensitive and introspective nature.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Mr. Openshaw had been too busy, all his life, to be introspective.

    A House to Let Charles Dickens
  • Does "musical London" ever turn an introspective eye to watch the manufacture of musical opinion?

    While I Remember Stephen McKenna
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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