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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 They become withdrawn and introspective and very aware of their body and their mind and not very aware of the external world.— Peter Salovey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 Rather than limiting himself to a single genre, Gray experiments with various concepts and is more introspective — think signature Gray, but upgraded. Kristine Kwak, Rolling Stone, 12 Sep. 2021 But what took me aback was the deeply introspective and wise human being who revealed herself over the season. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, 27 Aug. 2021 Or, if the star has been particularly introspective, a lot can be learned. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 The 23-year-old is clearly introspective and thoughtful, someone who is getting more and more used to sharing her innermost ideas with the rest of the world. NBC News, 31 Aug. 2021 Evangelion became an international sensation and astounded audiences with its introspective nature, sometimes shocking imagery and a futuristic vision of deity-killing robots. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, 20 Aug. 2021 No one’s doubting the introspective Davis has thought about the disappointing end of his career. Cameron Goodnight,, 13 Aug. 2021 The process of channeling such introspective questions into music may be difficult, but Pope transformed his feelings into lyrics after an intense therapy session. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 13 Aug. 2021 Most of all, La Tourette uses those elements to foster both introspective tranquillity and a powerful sense of communion, a political and philosophical posture born out of the architect’s public housing projects. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of introspective

1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Introspective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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