from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Quick to perceive or apprehend; alert: an observant traveler. See Synonyms at careful.
- adj. Diligent in observing a law, custom, duty, or principle: observant of the speed limit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Alert and paying close attention.
- adj. Diligently attentive in observing a law, custom, duty or principle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Taking notice; viewing or noticing attentively; watchful; carefully attentive.
- adj. Submissively attentive; obediently watchful; regardful; mindful; obedient (to); -- with of, .
- n. One who observes forms and rules.
- n. A sycophantic servant.
- n. An Observantine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Watching; watchful; observing; having or characterized by good powers of observation, or attention, care, accuracy, etc., in observing: as, an observant mind; a man of observant habits.
- Attentive; obedient; submissive; ready to obey and serve; hence, obsequious: with to or of before a personal object.
- Carefully attentive in observing or performing whatever is prescribed or required; strict in observing and practising: with of: as, he was very observant of the rules of his order; observant of forms.
- Synonyms and
- Watchful, mindful, heedful, regardful.
- n. An observer.
- n. An obsequious or slavish attendant.
- n. One who is strict in observing or complying with a law, rule, custom, etc.
- n. [capitalized] Specifically, a member of the more rigorous class of Franciscans which in the fifteenth century became separated from those — the Conventuals — following a milder rule.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. quick to notice; showing quick and keen perception
- adj. (of individuals) adhering strictly to laws and rules and customs
- adj. paying close attention especially to details
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I realize I am courting scorn by using the term observant but it works for me.
The settlers were young couples raised in observant Jewish homes.
As I say, I have no qualifications to determine whether someone can really be called a Catholic novelist, but speaking as an Orthodox Jew—for whom the word observant means “practicing,” by the way—whether a writer is observant is irrelevant to determining whether he is a Jewish writer.
- thou shalt not lie with a man as thou would lie with a woman is generally interpreted as "it's ok to be a homosexual, but not to act on your feelings" in observant/orthodox circles
It was well Mr. Carteret was not what his guest called observant, or he might have found a lower pitch in the sound of this sentence than in the sense.
Thankfully my grandfather is the kind of observant person who notices that sort of thing, had he not, it could have been very bad.
Says Meyer, based on what he's seen from some people already cast for the show: These are not the kind of observant, distant, journalistic types you see on other shows.
The problem with lyrical realism is that it wants to be "observant" of reality (think of that most sought-after of compliments from a reviewer that the Author is Very Observant) but really what even the best of it achieves is not usually recognizable as "real."
In our eyes, this is not the behavior of an "observant" Jew.
Why would Orthodox Jews of all people be offended by the term "observant"?
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