- I(Roget's IV) modif. pensive .II(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.thoughtful, intent, introspective, absorbed, pensive, meditative, reflective, ruminative, musing, rapt.ANT.: thoughtless, blank, vacuousIII(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Of, characterized by, or disposed to thought: cogitative, deliberative, excogitative, meditative, pensive, reflective, ruminative, speculative, thinking, thoughtful. Idiom: in a brown study. See THOUGHTS.
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Contemplative — Con*tem pla*tive, a. [F. contemplatif, L. contemplativus.] 1. Pertaining to contemplation; addicted to, or employed in, contemplation; meditative. [1913 Webster] Fixed and contemplative their looks. Denham. [1913 Webster] 2. Having the power of… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Contemplative — Con*tem pla*tive, n. (R. C. Ch.) A religious or either sex devoted to prayer and meditation, rather than to active works of charity. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
contemplative — index circumspect, cogitative, deliberate, pensive, politic, speculative Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
contemplative — (adj.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. contemplatif (12c.), from L. contemplativus, from contemplat , pp. stem of contemplari (see CONTEMPLATION (Cf. contemplation)) … Etymology dictionary
contemplative — meditative, reflective, *thoughtful, speculative, pensive Analogous words: *intent, rapt, engrossed, absorbed: musing, ruminating, pondering (see PONDER): reflecting, cogitating, reasoning, thinking (see THINK) … New Dictionary of Synonyms
contemplative — [adj] deep in thought attentive, cogitative, in brown study*, intent, introspective, lost, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, rapt, reflecting, reflective, ruminative, speculative, thinking, thoughtful; concepts 402,403 Ant. disdainful,… … New thesaurus
contemplative — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ expressing or involving contemplation. ► NOUN ▪ a person whose life is devoted to prayer, especially in a monastery or convent. DERIVATIVES contemplatively adverb … English terms dictionary
contemplative — [kən tem′plə tiv΄, kän′təm plāt΄iv] adj. [ME contemplatif < OFr < L contemplativus] of or inclined to contemplation; thoughtful; meditative n. one who is dedicated to religious meditation, esp. in a religious order SYN. PENSIVE… … English World dictionary
contemplative — ● contemplatif, contemplative adjectif et nom (latin contemplativus) Qui se livre à la contemplation : C est un esprit contemplatif. ● contemplatif, contemplative (citations) adjectif et nom (latin contemplativus) Georges Charles, dit Joris Karl… … Encyclopédie Universelle
contemplative — 1. adjective a) Pertaining to one who contemplates or is introspective and thoughtful. 1873 Compared with the greatest poets, he may be said to be the poet of unpoetical natures, possessed of quiet and contemplative tastes. But unpoetical natures … Wiktionary
contemplative — [[t]kənte̱mplətɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is contemplative thinks deeply, or is thinking in a serious and calm way. Martin is a quiet, contemplative sort of chap... I went for long, contemplative walks by the river... Life there is slow and… … English dictionary