observant

[uhb-zur-vuhnt]
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-vuhn-tin, -teen] . a member of a Franciscan order that observes the strict rule of St. Francis.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < French, present participle of observer. See observe, -ant

observantly, adverb
unobservant, adjective
unobservantly, adverb


1. perceptive. 2. attentive, heedful, mindful, aware. 3. obedient.


1. dull, slow. 2. heedless.
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observant (əbˈzɜːvənt)
 
adj
1.  paying close attention to detail; watchful or heedful
2.  adhering strictly to rituals, ceremonies, laws, etc
 
ob'servantly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

observant
c.1600, from Fr. observant, pp. of observer (see observance). In reference to Judaism, from 1902.
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Example sentences
Employees and employers should remain alert and observant.
Remain calm but be as alert and observant as possible.
Ability to remain alert, observant, and physically able to respond to work situations and emergencies.
Reading his diaries and letters, you are struck by how outward-turning and observant this reclusive dreamer was.
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