contemplative

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French contemplatif, from the participle stem of Latin contemplāre.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kənˈtɛmplətɪv/, /ˈkɒntəmplətɪv/

Adjective[edit]

contemplative (comparative more contemplative, superlative most contemplative)

  1. Inclined to contemplate; introspective and thoughtful; meditative.
    • 1873, John Stuart Mill, Autobiography, Chapter 5:
      Compared with the greatest poets, he may be said to be the poet of unpoetical natures, possessed of quiet and contemplative tastes. But unpoetical natures are precisely those which require poetic cultivation. This cultivation Wordsworth is much more fitted to give, than poets who are intrinsically far more poets than he.
  2. Pertaining especially to a contemplative Roman Catholic religious or one of the contemplative Roman Catholic religious orders.
    • 1870, Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Chapter 3:
      Whether the nuns of yore, being of a submissive rather than a stiff-necked generation, habitually bent their contemplative heads to avoid collision with the beams in the low ceilings of the many chambers of their House [...] may be matters of interest to its haunting ghosts (if any), but constitute no item in Miss Twinkleton's half-yearly accounts.
  3. Relating to, or having the power of, contemplation.
    contemplative faculties

Noun[edit]

contemplative (plural contemplatives)

  1. Someone who has dedicated themselves to religious contemplation.
    • 2009, Karen Armstrong, The Case for God, Vintage 2010, p. 112:
      The contemplative must not expect exotic feelings, visions or heavenly voices; these did not come from God but from his own fevered imagination and would merely distract him from his true objective [...].

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

contemplative f

  1. feminine form of contemplatif

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

contemplative f

  1. Feminine plural form of contemplativo

Anagrams[edit]


Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

contemplātive

  1. vocative masculine singular of contemplātivus