[ kuhn-tem-pluh-tiv, kon-tuhm-pley-, -tem- ]
/ kənˈtɛm plə tɪv, ˈkɒn təmˌpleɪ-, -tɛm- /
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given to or characterized by contemplation: a contemplative mind.
a person devoted to contemplation, as a monk.
OTHER WORDS FOR contemplative
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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
con·tem·pla·tive·ly, adverbcon·tem·pla·tive·ness, nounnon·con·tem·pla·tive, adjectivenon·con·tem·pla·tive·ly, adverb
non·con·tem·pla·tive·ness, nounun·con·tem·pla·tive, adjectiveun·con·tem·pla·tive·ly, adverbun·con·tem·pla·tive·ness, noun
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How to use contemplative in a sentence
He gazed down contemplatively, with a half serious look, master of himself and of the horse as well.The Way of a Man|Emerson Hough
He scratched his stubble of hair, and contemplatively traced a crimson scar with his forefinger.The Cruise of the Shining Light|Norman Duncan
How contemplatively she lingers upon each detail of attire—with what keen penetration she takes in the general effect at a sweep!The Fiend's Delight|Dod Grile
The Governor looked contemplatively at the ceiling, closing his right eye, and nibbling behind his pursed lips.The Lieutenant-Governor|Guy Wetmore Carryl
Bibbs, leaning back in his chair, fixed his eyes contemplatively upon the ceiling.The Turmoil|Booth Tarkington
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 contemplativecontemplatively, adverbcontemplativeness, noun
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