[ in-truh-spek-tiv ]
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  1. characterized by introspection, the act or process of looking into oneself.

Origin of introspective

First recorded in 1800–10; from Latin intrōspect(us), past participle of intrōspicere “to look within” + -ive; see introspection

Other words from introspective

  • in·tro·spec·tive·ly, adverb
  • in·tro·spec·tive·ness, noun
  • non·in·tro·spec·tive, adjective
  • non·in·tro·spec·tive·ly, adverb
  • non·in·tro·spec·tive·ness, noun
  • un·in·tro·spec·tive, adjective
  • un·in·tro·spec·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use introspective in a sentence

  • This introspective and observant book is something to reach for in the middle of another long, sleepless night.

    The most 2020 books of 2020 | Angela Haupt | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
  • This inner response of getting ready for the task can be introspectively observed by a person who is new to this type of test.

    Psychology | Robert S. Woodworth
  • He had searched himself subjectively, introspectively, thoroughly: he knew he did not love her, but he had promised to marry her!

  • His seven years at Brockett's had been, introspectively, of little moment.

    Fortitude | Hugh Walpole
  • "I have been looking forward to doing something of that sort," said Queed, introspectively.

    Queed | Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • In the end, Eemakh arose and embraced him, a startling action that left Mayne feeling introspectively of his ribs.

    A Transmutation of Muddles | Horace Brown Fyfe