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 They become withdrawn and introspective and very aware of their body and their mind and not very aware of the external world.— Peter Salovey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

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But while his lyrics have tended toward the introspective and observational throughout his career, the music grew brighter and more energetic (as well as increasingly subtle — not an easy trick) as time passed. Dan Deluca,, "Review: Paul Simon says goodbye, still restless after all these years," 17 June 2018 Rocky is joined by Frank Ocean to deliver the most introspective song on the album. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "A$AP Rocky Returns With 'Testing,' His Most Experimental Album to Date," 25 May 2018 Our article captured the prince's place of sanctuary at an introspective moment for both the Royals and the United Kingdom. Melanie Broder, Town & Country, "T&C Family Album: Prince Charles," 10 May 2013 The half-hour dramedy, which began its run as a fun look at the weirdness of casual dating (especially online), quietly became one of the most interesting, introspective relationship series on TV. Pilot Viruet, The Verge, "The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 This personal touch is in keeping with a new sense of connectedness the introspective designer is feeling. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Gary Graham Relaunches From a Room of His Own in Upstate New York," 24 Oct. 2018 The mellow introspective song, by lead singer and guitarist Dewey Bunnell, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s pop chart, and sent the band’s eponymous album to No. Marc Myers, WSJ, "On the Journey to ‘A Horse With No Name’," 16 July 2018 Who knows what to make of this, but what we are left with is a rapper who is a far cry from the somewhat conscious and introspective artist that delivered My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned on First Listen to Kanye West's 'Ye' Album," 1 June 2018 Free bleeding into period-proof running shorts was both a fun and introspective experiment. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "I Tried Free Bleeding in Period-Proof Running Shorts," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of introspective

1819, in the meaning defined above

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