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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 of observant
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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  • Clodagh, to her own annoyance, coloured; and Barnard smiled in his observant, quizzical fashion.

    The Gambler Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • And if I were to be at all observant of him, it must be from fear, not love.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • She was born to be a man's comrade, observant, unexacting, level-headed.

    The Dark Tower Phyllis Bottome
  • The observant trio had noticed an additional cause for uneasiness.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • A monk in the stalls was at prayer, he also kept an observant eye on the two visitors.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain William Wiehe Collins
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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