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1. Inclined or given to praying frequently; devout.
2. Typical or indicative of prayer, as a mannerism, gesture, or facial expression.

prayer′ful·ly adv.
prayer′ful·ness n.


inclined to or characterized by prayer
ˈprayerfully adv
ˈprayerfulness n


(ˈprɛər fəl)

given to or expressive of prayer; devout.
prayer′ful•ly, adv.
prayer′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prayerful - disposed to pray or appearing to pray
pious - having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity; "pious readings"


Deeply concerned with God and the beliefs and practice of religion:
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For a long time he had been going about feeling very humble and prayerful.
The countess- her prayerful mood dispelled- looked round and frowned.
And as for the last, which is cubical, that'll see you, it's my prayerful wish, into a better land.
Blunt to see even as much as her back glide out of the house on her prayerful errand.
Ye deemed them holier than yourselves, and shrank from your own sin, contrasting it with their lives of righteousness and prayerful aspirations heavenward.
He mentally lifted up this vow as if it would urge the result he longed for-- he tried to believe in the potency of that prayerful resolution-- its potency to determine death.
Doubt not that your boy shall meet you there, if there be a blessing on our tender and prayerful guidance of him.
Along this labyrinth route, you can reflect on Jesus' destiny and your own in quiet, prayerful contemplation.
A ranking official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged the public to be prayerful and vigilant following the arrest of a leader and member of the Maute group in Manila on Sunday.
I want my children to grow up respectful, prayerful, stable, healthy,' she added.
Pope Francis has expressed his prayerful solidarity with Filipino bishops who are currently attending their 116th Plenary Assembly in Cebu City.
Whatever I do, it will not be right away and not without some thought and prayerful consideration.