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  1. characterized by introspection, the act or process of looking into oneself.
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Related formsin·tro·spec·tive·ly, adverbin·tro·spec·tive·ness, nounnon·in·tro·spec·tive, adjectivenon·in·tro·spec·tive·ly, adverbnon·in·tro·spec·tive·ness, nounun·in·tro·spec·tive, adjectiveun·in·tro·spec·tive·ly, adverb
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Related Words for introspective

reflective, thoughtful, subjective, inner-directed

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Contemporary Examples of introspective

Historical Examples of introspective

  • The law, by its ponderous and introspective nature, gives you time in which to die.

  • She listened with knitted brows and an introspective glance.

  • Mr. Openshaw had been too busy, all his life, to be introspective.

    A House to Let

    Charles Dickens

  • She was a mature woman, full-bosomed, grave of feature, introspective of glance.

    The Eagle's Heart

    Hamlin Garland

  • Such pioneers were hard-working people, lonely and introspective.


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

Word Origin and History for introspective


1820, from Latin introspect-, past participle stem of introspicere (see introspection) + -ive.

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