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  1. given to, characterized by, or indicative of meditation; contemplative.
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Origin of meditative

From the Late Latin word meditātīvus, dating back to 1605–15. See meditate, -ive
Related formsmed·i·ta·tive·ly, adverbmed·i·ta·tive·ness, nounnon·med·i·ta·tive, adjectivenon·med·i·ta·tive·ly, adverbnon·med·i·ta·tive·ness, nounun·med·i·ta·tive, adjectiveun·med·i·ta·tive·ly, adverb


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  • Something in his brother's meditative back seemed to annoy him.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • Who looks upon a river in a meditative hour, and is not reminded of the flux of all things?


    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • It is a meditative occupation; and when all is said, I am not a man of action.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • Of meditative and sedentary habits, I enjoyed the extreme quiet.

  • "It all started from here," he said, after a long and meditative silence.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

Word Origin and History for meditative


1650s, from Late Latin meditativus, from meditat-, past participle stem of Latin meditari (see meditation). Related: Meditatively; meditativeness.

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