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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With Cleo at its center, Roma’s story takes on a meditative tone. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma, from celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón, is one of the year’s best movies," 20 Nov. 2018 Each instrument creates a different frequency that vibrates in your body and helps guide you to the meditative and restorative state. Nicole Dellert, Allure, "I Tried a Sound Bath — Here's What This Meditative Practice Is Really Like," 24 Oct. 2018 Yet some images—like a meditative Sonny Rollins on his bed, wearing dark sunglasses, or a close-up of Max Roach's wrinkled hands— find Elgort's subject at a pause, between notes, between moments. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Arthur Elgort's New Book Jazz Reveals His Love of the Storied American Music," 18 Oct. 2018 Narloch will perform the 1981 masterpiece Triadic Memories, a meditative excursion that’s meticulously notated but centered on the way its chords and note patterns hang in the air and decay. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Two Chicago pianists perform a pair of rarely heard masterpieces by Morton Feldman," 12 July 2018 But Hold the Dark is Saulnier’s most enigmatic and meditative film to date. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Hold the Dark throws Jeffrey Wright to the wolves," 28 Sep. 2018 The meditative, seemingly preoccupied woman, her ornate clothes and the interior décor blur into a nearly monochromatic canvas. WSJ, "When Flower Arranging Meets Art History: A Pastel June Bouquet," 31 May 2018 Dewan is patiently awaiting all that’s coming for her, relying on her goddess circle and a meditative technique called holographic breathing. Margaret Wappler, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jenna Dewan's New Dawn," 29 May 2018 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

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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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