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[in-truh-spek-tiv] /ˌɪn trəˈspɛk tɪv/
characterized by introspection, the act or process of looking into oneself.
Related forms
introspectively, adverb
introspectiveness, noun
nonintrospective, adjective
nonintrospectively, adverb
nonintrospectiveness, noun
unintrospective, adjective
unintrospectively, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for introspective
  • The music in this stage of its evolution is inclined to be contemplative and introspective.
  • introspective people who are fearful of others, fearful of themselves, are never successfully popular hosts or hostesses.
  • As a film, the story will only hold up if it preserves a similarly introspective spirit.
  • Instead, they exude a humble, introspective star quality.
  • Her approach is provisional, introspective, and conflicted.
  • As a supervisor make you students spend more introspective time earlier in their careers and make plans accordingly.
  • During the introspective, achingly beautiful fourth movement, an audience member's cellphone loudly rang.
  • In the gracefully introspective andante, the spare lines and cultivated tone combined exquisitely.
  • By turns he is wise or sarcastic, understanding or impatient, engaged or introspective.
  • She approaches personal, political, social and conceptual themes with an introspective expression.
Word Origin and History for introspective

1820, from Latin introspect-, past participle stem of introspicere (see introspection) + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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