What does observant mean?

Definitions for observant
əbˈzɜr vəntob·ser·vant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. observantadjective

    paying close attention especially to details

  2. observant, observingadjective

    quick to notice; showing quick and keen perception

  3. law-abiding, observantadjective

    (of individuals) adhering strictly to laws and rules and customs

    "law-abiding citizens"; "observant of the speed limit"


  1. observantadjective

    Alert and paying close attention.

    The too observant police officer noticed that my tax disk was out-of-date.

  2. observantadjective

    Diligently attentive in observing a law, custom, duty or principle.

    I was normally observant of the local parking restrictions.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Observantadjective

    Etymology: observans, Latin.

    These writers, which gave themselves to follow and imitate others, were observant sectators of those masters they admired. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Wandring from clime to clime observant stray’d,
    Their manners noted, and their states survey’d. Alexander Pope.

    We are told how observant Alexander was of his master Aristotle . Kenelm Digby, on the Soul, Dedicat.

    She now observant of the parting ray,
    Eyes the calm sun-set of thy various day. Alexander Pope.

    How could the most base men attain to honour but by such an observant slavish course. Walter Raleigh.

  2. Observantnoun

    A slavish attendant. Not in use.

    These kind of knaves in this plainness,
    Harbour more craft, and more corrupter ends,
    Than twenty silky ducking observants
    That stretch their duties nicely. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.


  1. observant

    Observant refers to someone who is watchful, attentive, or good at noticing things. It can also indicate the act of following or adhering to rules, principles, or religious laws and customs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Observantadjective

    taking notice; viewing or noticing attentively; watchful; attentive; as, an observant spectator; observant habits

  2. Observantadjective

    submissively attentive; obediently watchful; regardful; mindful; obedient (to); -- with of, as, to be observant of rules

  3. Observantnoun

    one who observes forms and rules

  4. Observantnoun

    a sycophantic servant

  5. Observantnoun

    an Observantine

  6. Etymology: [L. observans, -anits, p. pr. of observare: cf. F. observant. See Observe.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of observant in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of observant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of observant in a Sentence

  1. Orison Swett Marden:

    Opportunities? They are all around us... There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.

  2. Jens Meyer/AP Benedict:

    It’s true, he’s Catholic and observant. And personally, he is against abortion, but as president, he tends to present himself in continuity with the line of the Democratic Party … and on gender policy, we still don’t really understand what his position is.

  3. Jay Abiona:

    Obstacles in life are similar to speed bumps on roads. They are both in place for a reason. So, slow down, be observant and make it to the end of the road successfully.

  4. Mayor Carey Davis:

    I think that message that has been put forth is that we do need to be observant and we need to make sure we're not in a position where we are afraid to call something out if we see there’s something that’s out of order or something that doesn't look like it's in place. That's not always an easy thing to do, because there's always that risk of making an improper assessment of something that may appear to be dangerous and really there's good reason behind it, while we believe the pair were radicalized, inspired by ISIS, in carrying out their attack, we continue to investigate whether they had support in any way. To date, we have not charged anyone with supporting the 12/2 attacks, however. The evidence supports the fact that Farook and Malik were responsible for physically carrying out the murders.

  5. Jay Abiona:

    Being observant of your surroundings & practicing situational awareness at all times is not being paranoid; it’s being cautious.

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