med·​i·​ta·​tive | \ ˈme-də-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce meditative (audio) \

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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Revived with the assistance of close Monk collaborators but not Ms. Monk herself, the bones, and much of the flesh, remain in an opera that’s somehow simultaneously bustling and meditative, calm at its core as action and music swirl. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: After 27 Years, Meredith Monk’s ‘Atlas’ Returns to Earth," 12 June 2019 The first is called Lost in Random, and it’s developed by Zoink Studios, the team behind the meditative adventure Fe. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "EA announces a trio of intriguing new indie games at E3 2019," 8 June 2019 Intended as a reflection on these and other ‘Ahwaal,’ the composition meditative, with repeating rhythmic cycles and a slow development. Howard Reich,, "Chicago stories will unfold at 13th Hyde Park Jazz Festival," 7 June 2019 His devotion to the house is meditative, representing not just his own childhood memories but a sense of belonging that goes back generations. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco Shows a City in Flux," 6 June 2019 In Cold War, Poland’s submission for this year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar, Pawlikowski’s camera moves more than in the meditative Ida, panning across stages and auditoriums to capture the thrill of live performance. Giles Harvey, Harper's magazine, "Home Truths," 10 Jan. 2019 What: Sixteen meditative, swayable songs with minimalist production and trance-y beats ripe for the remixing. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Sound On: The Best Music of April 2019," 1 May 2019 Rowing has a meditative effect, with its rhythmic motion and surreal quiet, apart from breathing, faint splashes, and the whir of the seat rolling back and forth. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "Rowing Is a Full-Body Workout You Can Do at Any Age," 23 June 2017 Last week, the show house opened its doors, with 21 interior designers showcasing everything from meditative garden spaces to a colorful laundry room. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How 21 Interior Designers Rallied Around a Young Girl with Cancer," 29 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of meditative

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of meditative was in 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of meditative

: very thoughtful : involving or allowing deep thought or meditation

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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