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meditative

[med-i-tey-tiv]
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adjective
  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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thoughtful. See pensive.
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Examples from the Web for meditatively

Historical Examples

  • "It looks as though Diablo had something in him," said Crane, meditatively.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • He meditatively flicked the ash from his cigar with his little finger.

  • "Do you know, I rather like Beatrix for the stand she has taken," Bobby said meditatively.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Once he crossed his eyes at me, meditatively, above the mother-of-pearl rims.

    Romance

    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • “Fuir la mort,” she repeated, meditatively, in her mysterious voice.

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad


Word Origin and History for meditatively

meditative

adj.

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

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