from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Disposed to or characterized by contemplation. See Synonyms at pensive.
- n. A person given to contemplation.
- n. A member of a religious order that emphasizes meditation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to one who contemplates or is introspective and thoughtful.
- adj. Pertaining especially to a contemplative Roman Catholic religious or one of the contemplative Roman Catholic religious orders.
- n. Someone who has dedicated themselves to religious contemplation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to contemplation; addicted to, or employed in, contemplation; meditative.
- adj. Having the power of contemplation.
- n. A religious or either sex devoted to prayer and meditation, rather than to active works of charity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Given to or characterized by contemplation or continued and absorbed reflection; employed in reflection or study; reflective; meditative; thoughtful: as, a contemplative mind.
- Marked by contemplation; manifesting reflection or a studious habit.
- Relating or pertaining to contemplation or thought, as distinguished from action: as, contemplative philosophy; the contemplative faculty (that is, the faculty of cognition).
- n. One given to contemplation or deep thought, especially on religious subjects; a recluse; a hermit.
- n. Eccles., a friar of the order of Mary Magdalene.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. deeply or seriously thoughtful
- n. a person devoted to the contemplative life
From Old French contemplatif, from the participle stem of Latin contemplāre. (Wiktionary)