observant

[ uhb-zur-vuhnt ]
/ əbˈzɜr vənt /

adjective

quick to notice or perceive; alert.
looking at, watching, or regarding attentively; watchful.
careful in the observing of a law, custom, religious ritual, or the like.

noun

an observer of law or rule.
(initial capital letter) Also Ob·ser·van·tine [ob-zur-vuhn-tin, -teen] /ɒbˈzɜr vən tɪn, -ˌtin/. a member of a Franciscan order that observes the strict rule of St. Francis.

Origin of observant

1425–75; late Middle English < French, present participle of observer. See observe, -ant

Related forms

ob·serv·ant·ly, adverbun·ob·serv·ant, adjectiveun·ob·serv·ant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for observant

observant

/ (əbˈzɜːvənt) /

adjective

paying close attention to detail; watchful or heedful
adhering strictly to rituals, ceremonies, laws, etc

Derived Forms

observantly, adverb
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