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

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

Synonyms for meditative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for meditatively

Historical Examples of meditatively

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


    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.


    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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper