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


given to or characterized by contemplation: a contemplative mind.


a person devoted to contemplation, as a monk.

Origin of contemplative

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

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British Dictionary definitions for contemplative

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


denoting, concerned with, or inclined to contemplation; meditative


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

Derived forms of contemplative

contemplatively, adverbcontemplativeness, noun
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