introspective

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 They become withdrawn and introspective and very aware of their body and their mind and not very aware of the external world.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

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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First Known Use of introspective

1819



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