Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "contemplative" []

  • Disposed to or characterized by contemplation. See Synonyms at pensive. (adjective)
  • A person given to contemplation. (noun)
  • A member of a religious order that emphasizes meditation. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "contemplative" in a sentence
  • "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."