SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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 ( Also initial capital letter) Ob·ser·van·tine . [ob- zur-v uhn-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
present participle of
-ant Related forms ob·serv·ant·ly, adverb un·ob·serv·ant, adjective un·ob·serv·ant·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for observantly Historical Examples of observantly
From its beginning to its close he has regarded it
He questioned you so gently, yet with such an air of right; he listened so
observantly and sympathetically.
As he approached, Coats eyed Baird quite as gravely and
observantly as Edward had done.
Jean-Marie, I trust you are
observantly following my various steps; this is an excellent piece of education for you.
The slim, girlish figure blocked their way; the great dark eyes were fixed upon them
observantly. British Dictionary definitions for observantly adjective paying close attention to detail; watchful or heedful adhering strictly to rituals, ceremonies, laws, etc Derived Forms observantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for observantly adj.
observe + -ant, or else from French observant, past participle of observer (see observance). In reference to Judaism, from 1902. As a noun from late 15c. Related: Observantly; observantness.
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