meditative

adjective
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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Stepping into one of his light sculptures is akin to chromotherapy and puts you in a meditative state. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 But Jiro Dreams of Sushi (made by the same team behind Netflix’s Chef’s Table series) is a gentle, meditative, and entrancing portrait of a man who’s been making sushi for a long time in his tiny, exquisite restaurant. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A dozen streamable shows and movies that kids can watch (and parents will like)," 24 Dec. 2018 That meditative, immersive high is what Dr. Kudrowitz calls flow. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "You Too Can Own James Bond’s Aston Martin—Some Assembly Required," 15 Nov. 2018 With several months left to go until Game of Thrones returns, the archives of drone videos also offer a meditative respite from the blood and carnage of the actual show. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "This Game of Thrones aerial drone video collection will get you through winter," 2 Dec. 2018 Techniques for cleansing with sound range from something as simple as ringing a bell or using tuning forks, to a meditative singing bowl practice. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of meditative

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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meditative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of meditative

: very thoughtful : involving or allowing deep thought or meditation

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