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contemplative

[kuh n-tem-pluh-tiv, kon-tuh m-pley-, -tem-] /kənˈtɛm plə tɪv, ˈkɒn təmˌpleɪ-, -tɛm-/
adjective
1.
given to or characterized by contemplation:
a contemplative mind.
noun
2.
a person devoted to contemplation, as a monk.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; < Latin contemplātīvus, equivalent to contemplāt(us) (see contemplate) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English contemplatif < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related forms
contemplatively, adverb
contemplativeness, noun
noncontemplative, adjective
noncontemplatively, adverb
noncontemplativeness, noun
uncontemplative, adjective
uncontemplatively, adverb
uncontemplativeness, noun
Synonyms
1. thoughtful, reflective, meditative.
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British Dictionary definitions for contemplativeness

contemplative

/ˈkɒntɛmˌpleɪtɪv; -təm-; kənˈtɛmplə-/
adjective
1.
denoting, concerned with, or inclined to contemplation; meditative
noun
2.
a person dedicated to religious contemplation or to a way of life conducive to this
Derived Forms
contemplatively, adverb
contemplativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for contemplativeness

contemplative

adj.

mid-14c., from Old French contemplatif (12c.), from Latin contemplativus, from contemplat-, past participle stem of contemplari (see contemplation).

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