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[med-i-tey-tiv] /ˈmɛd ɪˌteɪ tɪv/
given to, characterized by, or indicative of meditation; contemplative.
Origin of meditative
1605-15; < Late Latin meditātīvus. See meditate, -ive
Related forms
meditatively, adverb
meditativeness, noun
nonmeditative, adjective
nonmeditatively, adverb
nonmeditativeness, noun
unmeditative, adjective
unmeditatively, adverb
thoughtful. See pensive. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Justine had sunk into the window-seat, her thin hands clasping her knee, in the attitude habitual to her meditative moments.

    The Fruit of the Tree Edith Wharton
  • Something in his brother's meditative back seemed to annoy him.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The phaen gave an odd, meditative stare down the ravine, and after that walked into the cavern without another word.

    A Voyage to Arcturus David Lindsay
  • Who looks upon a river in a meditative hour, and is not reminded of the flux of all things?

    Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Insomnia is one of the most unaccountable things," said Ghisleri, in a meditative tone.

    Pietro Ghisleri F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
Word Origin and History for meditative

1650s, from Late Latin meditativus, from meditat-, past participle stem of Latin meditari (see meditation). Related: Meditatively; meditativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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