Adjective "observant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Quick to notice or perceive things.
  1. 'It's my belief anyway that we should all be a little more empathetic and observant than we are about everything.'
  2. 'Some of the more observant had noticed the exchange while others remained oblivious.'
  3. 'It's little things like that which get noticed by observant kids such as myself.'
  4. 'And, being a fairly observant sort, I've noticed that most footballers are human beings.'
  5. 'Can you recall a time when being alert and observant kept you safe?'
  6. 'The observant may have noticed that the colour scheme of my blog broadly matches the colour scheme of my study, pictured below.'
  7. 'The problem with their arguments, as observant readers will have noticed, is that their figures are rather shaky.'
  8. 'The very observant may have noticed that I swapped webhosts over the weekend.'
  9. 'Shoots may grow more than 3 cm a day, and the observant can notice changes in shoot length from day to day.'
  10. 'I, being an observant person, had noticed that I had not been asked for a bribe lately.'
Adhering strictly to the rules of a particular religion, especially Judaism.
  1. 'Most of the population is not particularly observant, but religion is an important aspect of national identity.'
  2. 'They were not going to be eating with pagans in the first place, since observant Jews don't sit down at the table with pagans.'
  3. 'No observant Jew will question the coming of the Messianic era as a tenet of Judaism.'
  4. 'So for me, becoming an observant Jew was a straightforward transition.'
  5. 'Tony teases Reuven over his observant religious practice and wonders if he'll become a priest one day.'
  6. 'There is no evidence that Galilean Jews were less observant than Jews who lived in Jerusalem and Judaea.'
  7. 'All students, not just those who are religiously observant, are able to eat in the dining hall.'
  8. 'The New Testament records that observant Judeans wore decorations called tassels on their garments.'
  9. 'I am not observant and in fact have many, many transgressions to my credit, yet I am wealthy and content with my life.'
  10. 'As the only observant Jew in my circle of family and friends, this is a hard idea to explain and an even harder one for them to understand.'


A member of a branch of the Franciscan order that followed a strict rule.
  1. 'He joined the extremely strict Observant order and excelled in their discipline.'
  2. 'A classic example was the Franciscan Observant friar Bernardino of Siena, whose cult of the name of Jesus, employing what were effectively magical tablets, sparked off accusations of heresy.'


1. quick to notice or perceive; alert.

2. looking at, watching, or regarding attentively; watchful.

3. careful in the observing of a law, custom, religious ritual, or the like. noun

4. an observer of law or rule.

5. (initial capital letter). Also, Observantine[ob-zur-vuh n-tin, -teen]/ɒbˈzɜr vən tɪn, -ˌtin/. a member of a Franciscan order that observes the strict rule of St. Francis.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be observant of prestiges."

"people can be observant."

"jews can be observant."

"readers can be observant."

"eyes can be observant."

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Late Middle English (as a noun): from French, literally ‘watching’, present participle of observer (see observe).