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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