Definition of introspective in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌintrəˈspektiv/


Characterized by or given to introspection: he grew withdrawn and introspective
More example sentences
  • This, their second album, takes a much more thoughtful and introspective direction than their previous, more rocky music.
  • Then some of them are very contemplative and introspective.
  • A remarkably introspective thought, given the outward-facing nature of previous steps of unpacking.
inward-looking, self-analyzing, introverted, introvert, brooding;
contemplative, thoughtful, pensive, meditative, reflective
informal navel-gazing



Pronunciation: /ˌintrəˈspektəvlē/
Example sentences
  • The introspectively discovered Truth of Suffering is one of ceaseless movement, of a dynamic process which is suffering by virtue of being uncontrollable, ever-changing, and therefore inadequate and unsatisfying.
  • The suggestion that I know about my thoughts by being introspectively aware of them seems, from a phenomenological standpoint anyway, overwhelmingly plausible.
  • I think it also would be very difficult, as the Americans retreated after Vietnam introspectively, it would probably cause us to lose a great degree of confidence.


Pronunciation: /ˌintrəˈspektivnəs/
Example sentences
  • It was while I was suspended upside-down from a capsized canoe this afternoon that I became aware of my increasing distaste for excessive introspectiveness.
  • Even at his most extravagant, Rachmaninov demands an underlying introspectiveness.
  • Capturing the urgency of their live shows and the introspectiveness of studio sessions, the Viennese trio pull another hauntingly beautiful record out of their collective hat.

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Syllabification: in·tro·spec·tive

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