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observant

[uh b-zur-vuh nt] /əbˈzɜr vənt/
adjective
1.
quick to notice or perceive; alert.
2.
looking at, watching, or regarding attentively; watchful.
3.
careful in the observing of a law, custom, religious ritual, or the like.
noun
4.
an observer of law or rule.
5.
(initial capital letter). Also, Observantine
[ob-zur-vuh n-tin, -teen] /ɒbˈzɜr vən tɪn, -ˌtin/ (Show IPA)
. a member of a Franciscan order that observes the strict rule of St. Francis.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < French, present participle of observer. See observe, -ant
Related forms
observantly, adverb
unobservant, adjective
unobservantly, adverb
Synonyms
1. perceptive. 2. attentive, heedful, mindful, aware. 3. obedient.
Antonyms
1. dull, slow. 2. heedless.
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  • But having seen that episode, anyone that feels this was cruel is not observant.
  • All you had to do was live long enough and be personally observant.
  • They involve meticulous observation, but they are not observant.
  • Commanders have to make time for observant soldiers to pray.
  • The observant will notice a pattern developing here.
  • Reading his diaries and letters, you are struck by how outward-turning and observant this reclusive dreamer was.
British Dictionary definitions for observant

observant

/əbˈzɜːvənt/
adjective
1.
paying close attention to detail; watchful or heedful
2.
adhering strictly to rituals, ceremonies, laws, etc
Derived Forms
observantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for observant
adj.

1590s, from observe + -ant, or else from French observant, past participle of observer (see observance). In reference to Judaism, from 1902. As a noun from late 15c. Related: Observantly; observantness.

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