[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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Examples from the Web for observantly
From its beginning to its close he has regarded it observantly.Charles Dickens as a Reader
He questioned you so gently, yet with such an air of right; he listened so observantly and sympathetically.Mercy Philbrick's Choice
Helen Hunt Jackson
As he approached, Coats eyed Baird quite as gravely and observantly as Edward had done.Nobody's Child
Jean-Marie, I trust you are observantly following my various steps; this is an excellent piece of education for you.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson
The slim, girlish figure blocked their way; the great dark eyes were fixed upon them observantly.Ashton Kirk, Secret Agent
John T. McIntyre
- paying close attention to detail; watchful or heedful
- adhering strictly to rituals, ceremonies, laws, etc
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Word Origin and History for observantly
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