from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Inclined or given to praying frequently; devout.
  • adjective Typical or indicative of prayer, as a mannerism, gesture, or facial expression.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Praying much; devout.
  • Devotional; given to prayer; occupied with prayer: as, a prayerful spirit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Given to prayer; praying much or often; devotional.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective disposed to pray or appearing to pray


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From prayer +‎ -ful.


  • "It lays a very heavy burden on my heart, quite frankly, to watch what's going on and then to see the lack of leadership and the lack of response of this Congress and this administration, and that's what motivated me to be in what I call prayerful consideration" about running for president, he says.

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  • Ours was an experience of holy listening as we engaged together in prayerful attentiveness to God and to each other in Christ.

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  • It is my prayer that the Kennedy family remain prayerful, faithful and confident in the God's word.

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  • On the right Saint John watches in prayerful devotion, while the left-hand space is occupied by a haloed woman, perhaps Mary Magdalen, who likewise joins her hands in prayer.

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  • And our lives must be structured around that kind of prayerful hospitality which today, tomorrow and the day after is willing to be open to those whom God give us to be with and to be for.

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  • I clasped my hands in a kind of prayerful desperation, and looked once more at the solemn Shadow beside me.

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  • He now considered his marriage with a kind of prayerful wonder.

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  • Such knowledge was called contemplation, a kind of prayerful attention.

  • Anti-abortion supporters are in the midst of 40 Days for Life, what committee member Mary Ann Haas calls a "prayerful" effort.

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  • “When we have a child, I hope it's a boy and I hope he's old enough so I can show him a lunar eclipse and explain that's God's way of showing men how their mouth should act when a woman willingly opens their galaxy to him, prayerful and slowly widening.”

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