contemplative

[ kuhn-tem-pluh-tiv, kon-tuhm-pley-, -tem- ]
/ kənˈtɛm plə tɪv, ˈkɒn təmˌpleɪ-, -tɛm- /

adjective

given to or characterized by contemplation: a contemplative mind.

noun

a person devoted to contemplation, as a monk.

QUIZZES

BEAT THE DOLDRUMS WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

We know you’ll tackle this quiz totis viribus! See how many words from the week of Oct 12–18, 2020 you get right!
Question 1 of 7
What does “Indigenous” mean?

Origin of contemplative

1300–50; <Latin contemplātīvus, equivalent to contemplāt(us) (see contemplate) + -īvus-ive; replacing Middle English contemplatif<Anglo-French <Latin, as above

OTHER WORDS FROM contemplative

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for contemplative

British Dictionary definitions for contemplative

contemplative
/ (ˈkɒntɛmˌpleɪtɪv, -təm-, kənˈtɛmplə-) /

adjective

denoting, concerned with, or inclined to contemplation; meditative

noun

a person dedicated to religious contemplation or to a way of life conducive to this

Derived forms of contemplative

contemplatively, adverbcontemplativeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012