Adjective "contemplative" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Expressing or involving prolonged thought.
  1. 'But either way, it's a warm, gently humid, contemplative space, air filled with the gurgle of small waterfalls, flowing over the regular patterns of concrete steps, into pools sprouting with fern and reed.'
  2. 'The mood of his album is dreamy and contemplative, with occasional bursts of childish exuberance.'
  3. 'One would have liked a better balance throughout the album, as it slows dangerously on the latter half and misplaces its original rock intentions while it pursues a more contemplative attitude.'
  4. 'Described as part rock, part country, they straddle the very popular contemporary line between all out party animals and more considered contemplative songwriters and performers.'
  5. 'Then follows his more recent photographic work that expresses his contemplative enjoyment of the quiet landscapes unrolling between the Great Lakes and the East Coast.'
  6. 'The long, dreamy, contemplative takes of classic Hollywood studio movies or postwar European art films are long gone.'
  7. 'In lieu of more thoughtful and contemplative reflections, I'll just present my top 5 panels.'
  8. 'Then some of them are very contemplative and introspective.'
  9. 'He says he's trying to ‘create a contemplative space’ in a city that has been overtaken by advertising and commerce, in a culture that is becoming less free and more mediated.'
  10. 'Haiku is contemplative poetry and is characterised by spontaneity and lightness.'
  11. 'contemplative knowledge of God'
  12. 'The daily prayer services move through themes loosely associated with the seven days of creation; each service repeatedly invites silent contemplative prayer.'
  13. 'The early poetry reveals an interest in religious contemplative themes.'
  14. 'Lewis's last three chapters are an extended allegory of contemplative prayer.'
  15. 'I would sit there with my books and studies, or sometimes engage in my own form of contemplative prayer.'
  16. 'It's as old as humanity, and in the Christian tradition there is a very clear and strong affirmation of the contemplative dimension of prayer.'
  17. 'Despite the noisy celebration with loud conches and raucous bells, the essence of practice of Hinduism is a quiet introspection and contemplative meditation.'
  18. 'People walk the labyrinth slowly, as an aid to contemplative prayer and reflection, as a spiritual exercise, or as a form of pilgrimage.'
  19. 'And he was for 14 years a member of a contemplative religious order so his values are all in the right place.'
  20. 'The natural beauty of the Park is ideal for contemplative life, as monks and nuns of earlier centuries found before us.'
  21. 'But people were also contemplative and prayerful.'


A person whose life is devoted primarily to prayer, especially in a monastery or convent.
  1. 'He made application to Prior Richard at a local monastery, asking to be accepted as a contemplative and spend the rest of his life in the monastery.'
  2. 'What Evans has provided, however, is a well-written and masterful introduction to this great monastic contemplative and doctor of the church.'
  3. 'Asked why, the rabbi responded: ‘How many of your bishops are contemplatives?’'
  4. 'Most deputies, many parish priests among them, believed that contemplatives were useless parasites, unproductive burdens on society whose existence no national church could justify.'
  5. 'She points out that even Sufi practitioners, the contemplatives of Islam, are marginalized by the powerful clerics and government leaders who guide Islam.'
  6. 'I mean that's what religious contemplatives have tried to do and to grasp.'
  7. 'Unification with God is the goal of contemplatives.'
  8. 'And I suppose the biggest and strongest desire I have is this one of being a contemplative with a capital C.'
  9. 'The false self that the contemplative would renounce is problematic.'
  10. 'Father Joseph was one of the great Christian contemplatives of his century.'


1. given to or characterized by contemplation: a contemplative mind. noun

2. a person devoted to contemplation, as a monk.

More examples(as adjective)

"lives can be contemplative."

"experiences can be contemplative."

"wings can be contemplative."

"moods can be contemplative."

"orders can be contemplative."

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