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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:
References in classic literature ?
For a long time he had been going about feeling very humble and prayerful.
Doubt not that your boy shall meet you there, if there be a blessing on our tender and prayerful guidance of him.
Ye deemed them holier than yourselves, and shrank from your own sin, contrasting it with their lives of righteousness and prayerful aspirations heavenward.
Blunt to see even as much as her back glide out of the house on her prayerful errand.
The countess- her prayerful mood dispelled- looked round and frowned.
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.
And as for the last, which is cubical, that'll see you, it's my prayerful wish, into a better land.
This year we will return to Rotch Park for the full 24 hours of December 1st, marking the hours of that day with artistic and prayerful offerings.
Part of all this is that parish councils are supposed to work through discernment--that is, the prayerful determining what is best for the parish as a whole.
And when the canine's caregiver is Catholic, it stands to reason they'd want to pay their last respects to their prized pooch with a prayerful sendoff.
Rosary mystery" refers to a biblical event that inspires deep, prayerful contemplation.
St Joseph's is a prayerful community grounded in the Catholic faith, in which Gospel values shape our lives and our work.