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 They become withdrawn and introspective and very aware of their body and their mind and not very aware of the external world.— Peter Salovey

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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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But sometimes the talk turned a bit more introspective. Michael Ian Black, New York Times, "Cruises Are So Uncool They Are Cool," 3 July 2018 In this second film, Prince presented his introspective side. Jim Fusilli, WSJ, "Searching for the Man Behind the Purple Veil," 24 Apr. 2018 The left-hand rhythmic spring that can propel the most introspective Mozart performance forward wasn’t quite there. David Patrick Stearns,, "Lang Lang's recovery: Will he ever play in Philly again?," 12 July 2018 His own newer, introspective paintings, blending figuration with ethereal elements, are there as well. Brett Sokol, New York Times, "Lee Quiñones Brings Street Art to His Living Room," 10 July 2018 But, this year's Fourth of July will also come with an introspective twist, one that places a premium on a good night's rest: The moon will be in Pisces, where Neptune's been hanging out since 2012., "The Moon Wants You To Pay Attention To Your Dreams On Wednesday Night," 2 July 2018 Silicon Valley clients have been known to ask for private showings in their homes, a more introspective way to consider six- and seven-figure purchases. Carolyne Zinko,, "Graff jeweler reopens with a whisper for hush-hush clients in SF," 20 June 2018 Gravity Bone then dramatically shifts from a seemingly silly spy game into a very introspective character study, and it’s thanks to these cross-cuts. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Thirty Flights of Loving shows how little we still know about the language of games," 27 May 2018 Buy Photo Philadanco, looking ahead to its 50th anniversary in 2020, is turning introspective. Ellen Dunkel,, "'Success Stories' celebrates Philadanco-bred choreographers at the Kimmel Center," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of introspective

1819, in the meaning defined above

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