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introspective

[in-truh-spek-tiv]
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adjective
  1. characterized by introspection, the act or process of looking into oneself.
Related formsin·tro·spec·tive·ly, adverbin·tro·spec·tive·ness, nounnon·in·tro·spec·tive, adjectivenon·in·tro·spec·tive·ly, adverbnon·in·tro·spec·tive·ness, nounun·in·tro·spec·tive, adjectiveun·in·tro·spec·tive·ly, adverb
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  • The law, by its ponderous and introspective nature, gives you time in which to die.

  • She listened with knitted brows and an introspective glance.

  • 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

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper