1Quick to notice things: her observant eye took in every detail
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- The problem with their arguments, as observant readers will have noticed, is that their figures are rather shaky.
- The observant may have noticed that the colour scheme of my blog broadly matches the colour scheme of my study, pictured below.
- I, being an observant person, had noticed that I had not been asked for a bribe lately.
2Adhering strictly to the rules of a particular religion, especially Judaism.
- He wears a distinctive black outfit and is strictly observant of religious laws.
- That can't be said for other religiously observant people in the public square.
- Tony teases Reuven over his observant religious practice and wonders if he'll become a priest one day.
A member of a branch of the Franciscan order that followed a strict rule.
- A classic example was the Franciscan Observant friar Bernardino of Siena, whose cult of the name of Jesus, employing what were effectively magical tablets, sparked off accusations of heresy.
- He joined the extremely strict Observant order and excelled in their discipline.
- At the end of the 15th century six houses of Observants were established, three being transfers from Conventual friaries.
Late Middle English (as a noun): from French, literally 'watching', present participle of observer (see observe).
Words that rhyme with observantfervent, servant
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