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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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To any meditative Magian rover, this serene Pacific, once beheld, must ever after be the sea of his adoption.
And as we stood near the taffrail side by side, my captain and I, looking at it, hardly discernible already, but still quite close-to on our quarter, he remarked in a meditative tone:
asked the young philosopher, surveying those active portions of his frame with a meditative air, while resting after a go-to-bed frolic one night.
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.
If they noticed anything remarkable about Pierre, it was only his unabashed, meditative concentration and thoughtfulness, and the way he spoke French, which struck them as surprisingly good.
A quadroon nurse followed them about with a faraway, meditative air.
She was pale and quiet as a meditative statue, clasping her hands on her lap.
The banker's speech was fluent, but it was also copious, and he used up an appreciable amount of time in brief meditative pauses.
There, walking about with a meditative expression, which almost gave nobility to his vulgar head, his shoulders thrown up, his neck stretched out, his lips half open, to give vent to unconnected fragments of incoherent thoughts, he lashed up his courage to the pitch of the undertaking contemplated, whilst within ten paces of him, separated only by a wall, his master was being stifled by anguish which drew from him lamentable cries, thinking no more of the treasures of the earth, or of the joys of Paradise, but much of all the horrors of hell.
Billy, stretched out, leaning on one elbow, blew a meditative ring of smoke.
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.
My meditative silence appeared to weigh upon the spirits of this worldling, and to force him, as it were, into talking to me against his own will.