in·​tro·​spec·​tive ˌin-trə-ˈspek-tiv How to pronounce introspective (audio)
: 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 They become withdrawn and introspective and very aware of their body and their mind and not very aware of the external world.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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Rather than find her introspective side, Weigel essentially changes the subject. John Tamny, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 In his verse—by turns, introspective, penitent, and hopeful—No Malice seems to express thoughts that Pusha never will. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2022 But that’s just a fair warning that some of the chapters here are focused on death in a deep and introspective way and others are just focused on death as an incubator for dimensional demons. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Oct. 2022 Momentous events occur, certainly, but the atmosphere in such narratives is invariably intimate and introspective. Anna Mundow, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2022 Billy Eichner is reliably hilarious and surprisingly introspective. David Sims, The Atlantic, 29 Sep. 2022 Maybe there’s a connection, too, to the way that well-off women have embraced wellness, mindfulness, and spirituality, emphasizing the soft and introspective over the loud and masculine. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Sep. 2022 Light and dark, introspective and expressive, moody and raw as heck; these are all concepts Russian artist Biicla explores on his sophomore album Yes Place, which is in itself a dichotomous response to his 2020 debut LP, No Place. Katie Bain, Billboard, 22 July 2022 Dirty Bird’s method of using rare vocal samples to drive dance-music melodies has led to an output of evocative, introspective, yet completely groove-inducing tunes. Arielle Lana Lejarde, Rolling Stone, 13 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of introspective was in 1819

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Cite this Entry

“Introspective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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