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
His eyes were as black as a midnight ocean, his expression contemplative.
He stared out at the dust and mist blowing across the canyon, his expression contemplative, his mouth like a surgical wound.
McClure offers her reflections in contemplative, honest language, revealing her meaningful road to self-discovery.
The answer is probably an individual thing, though Carr suggests spending more time in contemplative mode than in online mode.
It was occasion'd by the fall of an apple, as he sat in contemplative mood.
Sometimes, as can happen in contemplative prayer, we're taken completely out of ourselves as we read, and return to ourselves refreshed. '
Meditations on the Apostles 'Creed in contemplative plainness and simplicity.
Rooted in contemplative spirituality, the memoir recounts her intense and vivid spiritual transformation.
The former, he declares, is "improper" art that excites desire or loathing; the latter, genuine art that holds the imagination in contemplative thrall by depicting "the most satisfying relations of the sensible."
And therefore in this simple staring we are one life and one spirit with God: and this I call a contemplative life.