What does observant mean?

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    The too observant police officer noticed that my tax disk was out-of-date.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

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. Jay Abiona:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Virginia:

    On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.

  4. Orison Swett Marden:

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

  5. Kendis Paris:

    When you think about all of the strategic places that these guys are in, it's not just truck stops, it's rest areas, it's hotels and motels, it's gas stations, it's busy city streets, loading docks, they're trained to be vigilant and observant in the course of their everyday jobs. When you factor all that in, it really is a smart audience to educate and work with.

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