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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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  • “Colonel Boldre is a very nice man,” Ethel said meditatively.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
  • Once he crossed his eyes at me, meditatively, above the mother-of-pearl rims.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • He held in his hand a stick, with which he meditatively struck the pebbles of the pathway as he walked along.

  • Leslie Cairns regarded her meditatively, then held out her hand.

  • Thurston, watching him meditatively, wanted to tell him that he was the sort of whom good stories are made.

    The Lure of the Dim Trails by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower
  • "Funny how I'm doing all the scoring," said Celia meditatively.

  • "I think you were very proud and very good not to take them," remarked Jack, meditatively, all the while forming her own plans.

    The Four Corners Amy Ella Blanchard
  • I've a good mind to try, to show you that you're wrong,' said Sarah meditatively.

    Sarah's School Friend May Baldwin
  • She took up her father's letter, and bent it meditatively against her chin.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • "It was so kind of Tom Robinson to remember and offer him to me," said May meditatively.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
Word Origin and History for meditatively



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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