Definition of contemplative in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈtemplədiv/


1Expressing or involving prolonged thought: she regarded me with a contemplative eye
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  • These painted images are contemplative musings of a reflective thinker looking through veils of timelessness to honour the artistic masters of the past.
  • His air is contemplative and dreamy in both self-portraits.
  • In lieu of more thoughtful and contemplative reflections, I'll just present my top 5 panels.
thoughtful, pensive, reflective, meditative, musing, ruminative, introspective, brooding, deep/lost in thought, in a brown study
1.1Involving or given to deep silent prayer or religious meditation: contemplative knowledge of God
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  • The daily prayer services move through themes loosely associated with the seven days of creation; each service repeatedly invites silent contemplative prayer.
  • It can stimulate religions to excavate the contemplative and meditative paths in their own heritages, such as the Jewish meditation movement and Christian centering prayer.
  • To my mind, the essential difference between philosophy and religion is in the religious type of contemplative act, the observer is within it, not outside it.


A person whose life is devoted primarily to prayer, especially in a monastery or convent.
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  • Asked why, the rabbi responded: ‘How many of your bishops are contemplatives?’
  • Father Joseph was one of the great Christian contemplatives of his century.
  • And in what way can the contemplatives, religious leaders and educators of our time help to build this bridge from privatised piety to public moral responsibility.



Pronunciation: /kənˈtemplədivlē/
Example sentences
  • Please don't expect here for every word to make immediate sense, I would ask you simply to close your eyes, to listen meditatively, contemplatively, to let the imagery just wash and flow over you.
  • He discussed how to read prophetically, how to read contemplatively.
  • Chrystyn looked at her retreating back contemplatively, her face thoughtful.
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