Definitions for contemplativekənˈtɛm plə tɪv, ˈkɒn təmˌpleɪ-, -tɛm-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•tem•pla•tivekənˈtɛm plə tɪv, ˈkɒn təmˌpleɪ-, -tɛm-(adj.)

  1. given to or characterized by contemplation.

  2. (n.)a person devoted to contemplation, as a monk.

    Category: Religion

Origin of contemplative:

1300–50; ME < AF < L


Princeton's WordNet

  1. contemplative(adj)

    a person devoted to the contemplative life

  2. brooding, broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, reflective, ruminative(adj)

    deeply or seriously thoughtful

    "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man";


  1. contemplative(Noun)

    Someone who has dedicated themselves to religious contemplation.

  2. contemplative(Adjective)

    Pertaining to one who contemplates or is introspective and thoughtful.

  3. contemplative(Adjective)

    Pertaining especially to a contemplative Roman Catholic religious or one of the contemplative Roman Catholic religious orders.

  4. Origin: From contemplatif, from the participle stem of contemplare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contemplative(adj)

    pertaining to contemplation; addicted to, or employed in, contemplation; meditative

  2. Contemplative(adj)

    having the power of contemplation; as, contemplative faculties

  3. Contemplative(noun)

    a religious or either sex devoted to prayer and meditation, rather than to active works of charity

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