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.
Recent Examples on the Web The goal is to exercise your powers of observation, and also experience the meditative joy that comes from taking time to really look at something well enough to represent it more or less accurately on paper. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Make a sketchbook journal: Coronavirus craft time," 29 May 2020 In the meantime, the forced weeks in solitude have had a meditative effect, giving me boundless stretches of time to contemplate my blessings — including all the memories that have made up my Ramadans past. Sarah Khan, The Christian Science Monitor, "Lockdown Ramadan: One globe-trotter’s homebound holy month," 21 May 2020 Assessing the spaces between dancing dots, analyzing their tails, transmitting the notes to my fingertips and then hearing the result puts me in a meditative trance that remains unbroken even when my boyfriend is on a nearby conference call. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Music might not heal everything, but a rented piano is my coronavirus quarantine savior," 28 Apr. 2020 Some might even say that vacuuming can have a meditative effect. Popular Science, "Four of the most reliable vacuum cleaners on the market," 22 Apr. 2020 McBride fell hard for deer hunting, which has become a meditative practice for her. Charity Robey,, "Women with deer in their sights," 8 Feb. 2020 Without making overt political statements, Alvarez’s poetic and meditative prose pulls back the curtain on the ambiguous nature of power dynamics and wades into the discomfort wrought by family relationships. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, "In ‘Afterlife,’ a woman forges a path through grief," 13 May 2020 There are nominations for solo producers Tycho, Bonobo and Apparat, whose work, all excellent, lies in the softer, experimental and more meditative end of the dance music spectrum. Katie Bain, Billboard, "2020 Grammy Dance Nominations: A Few Newcomers, Familiar Faces & Some Major Snubs," 20 Nov. 2019 Watching those little bars for hunger, sleep, and social needs fill up over time is a meditative experience, the small joy of cause and effect. P. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, ""The Sims" Is the Perfect Game for Social Distancing During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of meditative

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Jun 2020

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“Meditative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of meditative

: very thoughtful : involving or allowing deep thought or meditation

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