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Characterized by or given to meditation. See Synonyms at pensive.

med′i·ta′tive·ly adv.


(ˈmɛd ɪˌteɪ tɪv)

given to, characterized by, or indicative of meditation; contemplative.
syn: See pensive.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.meditative - deeply or seriously thoughtful; "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man";
thoughtful - exhibiting or characterized by careful thought; "a thoughtful paper"


adjective reflective, thoughtful, contemplative, studious, pensive, deliberative, ruminative, cogitative Music can induce a meditative state in the listener.


Of, characterized by, or disposed to thought:
Idiom: in a brown study.
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[ˈmedɪtətɪv] ADJmeditabundo


adjnachdenklich; (Rel, Philos) → Meditations-; meditative techniquesMeditationstechniken pl


[ˈmɛdɪtətɪv] adjmeditativo/a


(ˈmediteit) verb
1. to think deeply. He was meditating on his troubles.
2. to spend short, regular periods in deep (especially religious) thought. He meditates twice a day.
ˌmediˈtation noun
ˈmeditative (-tətiv) , ((American) -teitiv) adjective
thoughtful. a meditative mood.
ˈmeditatively adverb
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I do wonder if any of us will ever get our wishes," said Laurie, chewing grass like a meditative calf.
It took a clear, meditative eye like my grandfather's to foresee that they would enlarge and multiply until they would be, not the Shimerdas' cornfields, or Mr.
A quadroon nurse followed them about with a faraway, meditative air.
Instead of manifesting any womanish curiosity to feast his eyes with the sight of a captive from a people he was known to have so much reason to hate, Magua continued to smoke, with the meditative air that he usually maintained, when there was no immediate call on his cunning or his eloquence.
The deep projection of the second story gave the house such a meditative look, that you could not pass it without the idea that it had secrets to keep, and an eventful history to moralize upon.
At first, his expression had been calm, meditative, scholar-like.
In the serene weather of the tropics it is exceedingly pleasant the mast-head; nay, to a dreamy meditative man it is delightful.
To any meditative Magian rover, this serene Pacific, once beheld, must ever after be the sea of his adoption.
Smoking was never so good before, solid comfort was never solider; we lay back against the thick cushions silent, meditative, steeped in felicity.
Yes, of course he would do that," said Wilson in a meditative matter-of-course way, "but the thing that puzzled me was, why he didn't look to that last night, for one thing, and why he let you carry such a matter into a court of law at all, either before the duel or after it.
Under the porch, a girl of nine or ten sat knitting, and an old woman reclined on the housesteps, smoking a meditative pipe.
The child also," observed Jacques Three, with a meditative enjoyment of his words, "has golden hair and blue eyes.