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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 They become withdrawn and introspective and very aware of their body and their mind and not very aware of the external world.— Peter Salovey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

Examples of introspective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The memoir offers an introspective — and at times self-loathing — apology for the role Cohen played in Trump's political ascent. CBS News, "Michael Cohen memoir calls Trump "a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator"," 7 Sep. 2020 The memoir offers an introspective — and at times self-loathing — apology for the role Cohen played in Trump’s political ascent. Jim Mustian And Michael R. Sisak,, "Michael Cohen in tell-all book says Trump thought his supporters would think it’s cool that he ‘slept with a porn star’," 6 Sep. 2020 As the weather cools down, so do the songs on our playlists: shimmering bops mixed in with more mellow, introspective jams. Natalie Morin,, "Consider This Labor Day Playlist Your Smooth Transition Out Of Summer," 4 Sep. 2020 Karl himself is an introspective figure, a natural outsider whose ideas will help shape the nature of the human future. Bill Sheehan, Washington Post, "George Romero’s posthumous epic, ‘The Living Dead,’ reads like a definitive account of the zombie apocalypse," 2 Sep. 2020 Justin Townes Earle, a leading performer of American roots music known for his introspective and haunting style as a singer-songwriter, has died at 38. Washington Post, "Justin Townes Earle, singer-songwriter who wrote of flight and forgiveness, dies at 38," 24 Aug. 2020 It’s a pause moment, a time to be introspective about everything happening in your life., "10 bus shelters in West Hartford coming alive with murals," 21 Aug. 2020 John Freda, a 51-year-old optician who was best described as funny, thoughtful, intelligent and introspective, lost his battle with Covid-19 on April 22, said Murphy. Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "New Jersey couple dies hours apart just two days after losing their son to coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy says," 17 Aug. 2020 Your mood will be somewhat quiet and introspective., "Horoscope," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of introspective

1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Introspective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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