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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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  • It had an odd expression at this moment; unmistakably inimical, observantly curious, distinctly sardonic.

    The Lee Shore Rose Macaulay
  • From its beginning to its close he has regarded it observantly.

  • Accordingly, after breakfast Brand set out, leisurely and observantly, for he did not think there was any great hurry.

    Sunrise William Black
  • As he approached, Coats eyed Baird quite as gravely and observantly as Edward had done.

    Nobody's Child Elizabeth Dejeans
  • At first the men could not fathom his motives, but as men do, they silently and observantly waited for the real motive to emerge.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • He questioned you so gently, yet with such an air of right; he listened so observantly and sympathetically.

    Mercy Philbrick's Choice Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Again came that expressive jerk of the head, and his small bright eyes regarded me more shrewdly and observantly than ever.

    The Red Symbol John Ironside
  • Jean-Marie, I trust you are observantly following my various steps; this is an excellent piece of education for you.

    The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson
  • She drew herself up, and looked seriously, observantly at her aunt.

    The Marriage of William Ashe Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The slim, girlish figure blocked their way; the great dark eyes were fixed upon them observantly.

    Ashton Kirk, Secret Agent John T. McIntyre
British Dictionary definitions for observantly

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 observantly

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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