[uh b-zur-vuh nt]
- quick to notice or perceive; alert.
- looking at, watching, or regarding attentively; watchful.
- careful in the observing of a law, custom, religious ritual, or the like.
Origin of observant
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1. perceptive. 2. attentive, heedful, mindful, aware. 3. obedient.
1. dull, slow. 2. heedless.
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Once, when I spent a semester teaching in America, I had several very worldly students who had never met an observant Jew before.I Don't Text on Shabbas
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And if I were to be at all observant of him, it must be from fear, not love.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
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The observant trio had noticed an additional cause for uneasiness.A Waif of the Mountains
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At least one of the three ladies possessed an observant mind.The Hound From The North
The doctor, observant and self-possessed, muttered, "He is very capable of that."Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
- paying close attention to detail; watchful or heedful
- adhering strictly to rituals, ceremonies, laws, etc
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Word Origin and History for observant
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