in·​tro·​spec·​tive | \ˌin-trə-ˈspek-tiv \

Definition of introspective 

: characterized by examination of one's own thoughts and feelings : thoughtfully reflective : employing, marked by, or tending to introspection As a student, he was very quiet and introspective. … encouraging a balance between the fast, upbeat songs and a band's more introspective side.— David T. Lindsay There's an interesting literature that suggests that when people are sad, they tend to pay attention to themselves. They become withdrawn and introspective and very aware of their body and their mind and not very aware of the external world.— Peter Salovey

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Other Words from introspective

introspectively adverb
This whole episode set me thinking introspectively, and led me gradually but imperatively to self-analysis—not of powers, but of motives. — Bram Stoker
introspectiveness noun
Introversion is too often considered a sign of weakness when it should instead be an indication of strength, and associated with thoughtfulness, introspectiveness and independence. — Jasmine Tatah

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Who knows what to make of this, but what we are left with is a rapper who is a far cry from the somewhat conscious and introspective artist that delivered My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned on First Listen to Kanye West's 'Ye' Album," 1 June 2018 Free bleeding into period-proof running shorts was both a fun and introspective experiment. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "I Tried Free Bleeding in Period-Proof Running Shorts," 30 Oct. 2018 Not all places of retreat need be solitary or introspective. Reif Larsen, The Seattle Times, "LA Reverential: A City’s Chill Spots," 1 Aug. 2018 The other album was very introspective, very serious, just sitting in a car for a long ride, listening to the lyrics. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A$AP Ferg Wants to Help You Decorate Your Home," 2 June 2017 In terms of lyrics, this is a lot more introspective for me, conceptually. Steven J. Horowitz, Billboard, "Alessia Cara Discusses New Single 'Growing Pains,' Grammy Backlash & Sophomore Album 'The Pains of Growing'," 15 June 2018 TAO Group partner Jon Schwartz is feeling real introspective. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Poo Bear to Celebrate TAO Group Partner's Birthday at Marquee NY & You Can Too," 2 May 2018 But sometimes the talk turned a bit more introspective. Michael Ian Black, New York Times, "Cruises Are So Uncool They Are Cool," 3 July 2018 In this second film, Prince presented his introspective side. Jim Fusilli, WSJ, "Searching for the Man Behind the Purple Veil," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of introspective

1819, in the meaning defined above

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