in·​tro·​spec·​tive | \ ˌin-trə-ˈspek-tiv How to pronounce introspective (audio) \

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 They become withdrawn and introspective and very aware of their body and their mind and not very aware of the external world.— Peter Salovey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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Others see him as endearing, hilarious and surprisingly introspective. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Clock starts on potential CPS strike, 2 Chicago cops fired a decade after child abuse accusations and other things to know to start your day," 27 Aug. 2019 Raimi’s film is layered and introspective without losing any of the charms that make Spider-Man such a fun character. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "The two best Spider-Man movies were made without Disney’s involvement," 21 Aug. 2019 So too is senior safety and captain Brandon Jones, another more introspective, do-as-I-do sort of presence. Nick Moyle,, "Longhorns captains defined by different leadership styles," 22 Aug. 2019 But Tarantino subverts them in ways that result in a film that feels like his most personal and introspective. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' and the End of Tarantino," 31 July 2019 But Duffy proved surprisingly strategic and introspective — and was determined to turn the union more firmly in the direction of social activism, accepting, for example, a smaller raise in one contract in exchange for smaller classes. Howard Blume,, "A.J. Duffy, a combative, colorful leader of L.A. teachers union, dies at 75," 11 July 2019 Browne’s songs have always been quiet, introspective and a little lonely. John Adamian,, "Jackson Browne, now addressing migrant crisis, at the Oakdale," 21 June 2019 One of Hossein’s friends, Ahmed, an introspective young medical student from a Berber family in Kabylia, invites him to dinner the following evening. Adam Shatz, The New Yorker, "“How Does It Feel To Be a White Man?”: William Gardner Smith’s Exile in Paris," 11 Aug. 2019 From her perspective, transparency challenges leadership to be introspective. Michael Taylor,, "We have nothing to fear from employers disclosing salaries," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of introspective

1819, in the meaning defined above

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