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[med-i-tey-tiv] /ˈmɛd ɪˌteɪ tɪv/
given to, characterized by, or indicative of meditation; contemplative.
Origin of meditative
From the Late Latin word meditātīvus, dating back to 1605-15. See meditate, -ive
Related forms
meditatively, adverb
meditativeness, noun
nonmeditative, adjective
nonmeditatively, adverb
nonmeditativeness, noun
unmeditative, adjective
unmeditatively, adverb
thoughtful. See pensive. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Something in his brother's meditative back seemed to annoy him.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Who looks upon a river in a meditative hour, and is not reminded of the flux of all things?

    Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It is a meditative occupation; and when all is said, I am not a man of action.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Of meditative and sedentary habits, I enjoyed the extreme quiet.

  • "It all started from here," he said, after a long and meditative silence.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
Word Origin and History for meditative

1650s, from Late Latin meditativus, from meditat-, past participle stem of Latin meditari (see meditation). Related: Meditatively; meditativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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