Definition of observant in English:


Line breaks: ob¦ser|vant
Pronunciation: /əbˈzəːv(ə)nt


  • 2Adhering strictly to the rules of a particular religion, especially Judaism: an observant Jew
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    • 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.
    practising, obedient, dutiful, conformist, conforming; committed, devout, orthodox, law-abiding


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  • (Observant) historical A member of a branch of the Franciscan order that followed a strict rule.
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    • 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).

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