- given to or characterized by contemplation: a contemplative mind.
- a person devoted to contemplation, as a monk.
Origin of contemplative
Synonyms for contemplative
Examples from the Web for contemplatively
Historical Examples of contemplatively
But she only broke off a leaf and nibbled at it contemplatively.The Vagrant Duke
To the picture in question she had been always, in fact, able contemplatively to return.The Golden Bowl
He looked at her contemplatively; the dark eyes pleased him.The Dull Miss Archinard
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
He turned and regarded her contemplatively; and she spoke again.The Princess Dehra
John Reed Scott
“Many a man has begun on less,” continued Reid, contemplatively.A Country Sweetheart
- denoting, concerned with, or inclined to contemplation; meditative
- a person dedicated to religious contemplation or to a way of life conducive to this
mid-14c., from Old French contemplatif (12c.), from Latin contemplativus, from contemplat-, past participle stem of contemplari (see contemplation).