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 They become withdrawn and introspective and very aware of their body and their mind and not very aware of the external world.Peter Salovey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

Examples of introspective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although the overall mood sounds pretty dour, the tone set early on in the series is more akin to a satirical take on Mad Max than an overly dark introspective on the horrors of the new world. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 12 Apr. 2024 Schroeder, who has not been back on the network since being fired, runs her introspective podcast Stassi. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for introspective 

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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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“Introspective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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