med·i·ta·tive | \ˈme-də-ˌtā-tiv \

Definition of meditative 

1 : marked by or conducive to meditation

2 : disposed or given to meditation

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Other Words from meditative

meditatively adverb
meditativeness noun

Examples of meditative in a Sentence

I could see that she was in a meditative mood. I've been in a meditative mood all day.

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The scale of the surrounding landscape is both meditative and, at moments, nearly frightening. Carey Jones, Vogue, "On a Remote Glacier in the Middle of Alaska, I Learned the Magic of Disconnecting," 12 July 2018 Loosely inspired by the 1966 Ingmar Bergman film of the same name, Persona blossoms as West explores meditative states. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "As Rival Consoles, London electronic producer Ryan Lee West explores subtlety," 3 May 2018 The class is constantly at odds with itself, simultaneously peaceful and high-energy, meditative and pulsating, spiritual and earthy. Tiffany Martinbrough, New York Times, "Going With the Flow (and the Drumbeat, Too)," 29 Mar. 2018 The space is built around moments of solitude—benches overlook the pond, stairs lead to another meandering path that seem to be purpose built for meditative walks. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Traditional courtyard house gets a modern update," 5 July 2018 During the year, Tardif offers a program at the library called Sound Healing, a meditative program where the sound from the bowls carries participants to another world of peace and relaxation. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "Libraries Hosting Summer Adventures," 2 July 2018 Video of recent solo performance indicates that her current performance practice features deftly programmed, bracing and meditative drum and marimba music. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Japanese percussionist Midori Takada basks in rediscovery with hypnotic and pummeling music," 3 May 2018 And raising, drawing, and aiming one’s bow at a target will not just improve upper-body strength and hand-eye coordination, but help quiet the mind with its meditative qualities. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Trampoline Classes to Jump Roping, 6 Throwback Workouts That Don’t Feel Like Exercise," 20 June 2018 Spin classes have been home to some of my most meditative, transcendent, and important emotional moments. David Levesley, GQ, "The Sweaty Homophobia of the Gym," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of meditative

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of meditative

: very thoughtful : involving or allowing deep thought or meditation

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