[kuhn-tem-pluh-tiv, kon-tuhm-pley-, -tem-]
given to or characterized by contemplation: a contemplative mind.
Origin of contemplative
1300–50;Related formscon·tem·pla·tive·ly, adverbcon·tem·pla·tive·ness, nounnon·con·tem·pla·tive, adjectivenon·con·tem·pla·tive·ly, adverbnon·con·tem·pla·tive·ness, nounun·con·tem·pla·tive, adjectiveun·con·tem·pla·tive·ly, adverbun·con·tem·pla·tive·ness, noun
< Latin contemplātīvus,
equivalent to contemplāt(us
) (see contemplate
) + -īvus -ive
; replacing Middle English contemplatif
Synonyms for contemplative
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Examples from the Web for contemplatively
Historical Examples of contemplatively
But she only broke off a leaf and nibbled at it contemplatively.
To the picture in question she had been always, in fact, able contemplatively to return.
He looked at her contemplatively; the dark eyes pleased him.
He turned and regarded her contemplatively; and she spoke again.
“Many a man has begun on less,” continued Reid, contemplatively.
British Dictionary definitions for contemplatively
denoting, concerned with, or inclined to contemplation; meditative
Derived Formscontemplatively, adverbcontemplativeness, noun
a person dedicated to religious contemplation or to a way of life conducive to this
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Word Origin and History for contemplatively
mid-14c., from Old French contemplatif (12c.), from Latin contemplativus, from contemplat-, past participle stem of contemplari (see contemplation).
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